2005 Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml

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2005 Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape

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International Wine Cellar | 95

($80; 65% grenache, 20% mourvedre, 10% syrah and the rest "the others") Deep red. Explosively perfumed nose offers a profound bouquet of red and dark berries, licorice, incense and musky underbrush. Broad, palate-staining raspberry and blackcurrant flavors are enveloped in velvety tannins, with suave anise and Asian spices adding complexity. A huge but balanced-even graceful-wine, with a finish that refuses to let go of the palate. This remarkable young Chateauneuf has the sheer sex appeal to enjoy young but also possesses superb cellaring potential. I'd hold mine.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 136

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Wine Advocate | 95

The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape has a deep ruby/purple color, identical alcohol to the 2006, and the same pH, but it is a much more tannic wine and the acids seem slightly more elevated, even though the analysis says they are not. A complex nose of resiny pine forest notes intermixed with black raspberry, sweet kirsch, licorice and lavender jumps from the glass of this deep ruby/purple-colored wine. Full-bodied, powerful, rich, and tannic, this wine begs for 4-5 years of bottle age and should keep for 25+ years.

Drink Dates: 2011-2032
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 173

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Wine Spectator | 98

Really tight now, but packed with dark fig, currant, espresso, licorice and chocolate notes. Superfleshy but seriously structured, there's layer after layer of sweet spice, fruit and minerality pumping through the finish, with lots of latent depth and power. Should be a monster - similar to the 1990 - when it reaches its peak.

Drink Dates: 2009-2030
Author: James Molesworth
Issue: Web

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Score: 95
Author: Kjartan
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/12/2013
Score: 94
Author: Daddy
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/10/2013

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Score: 93
Author: Jimmy
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 10/29/2012

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Score: 95
Author: anandgowda1
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 06/15/2012
Score: 95
Author: SingKevin
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 09/09/2011

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More Vintages and Sizes of Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape :

2012 (1.5L)
2012 (750ml)
2010 (1.5L)
2007 (750ml)

About This Producer


Clos des Papes is indisputably one of the reference points for premium Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Owned by the Avril family, who has been making wine in Chateauneuf-du-Pape since the beginning of the 18th century, this property maintains its distinction of premier status not only because of its exceptional product, but also due to the generosity and graciousness of its owners - Paul (father), Vincent (son) and Madame Avril.

The wine is a majority Grenache with Mourvedre and Syrah, but the Avrils also have some plantings of Muscardin, Counoise and Vaccarese that they do not hesitate to use to enhance the blend. Sourced from 18 separate parcels (one of which was part of the old walled-in papal vineyard, hence the name) it gains its unique character from some sandy soils in the west and southeast and the more limestone/clay earth of the rocky north and northeast. There is no "Reserve," per se, as the Avril sell off in bulk to negociants what they do not feel is worthy to include in their one and only top blend.

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