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2004 Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape

FRANCE / RHONE / CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
abv 14.5%
  • 95 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Rhone Blend
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SKU: 47229-2004-750-3C
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($79) Deep ruby. Pungent spice and floral notes accent bright red berry and cherry aromas. Deep, fleshy and sweet, with musky underbrush and garrigue adding complexity to the bright, intense red berry flavors. Very rich, in fact one of the more powerful wines of the vintage, with excellent depth and sweetness. The finish is chewy and strikingly long. Avril compares this one to 1995 in quality.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    Amazingly refined, with a pure, silky current of raspberry ganache and cassis flavors that glides along supple tannins. Hints of mocha, mineral and garrigue check in on the long, pure finish. Has serious structure for the long haul. All about balance and finesse. 6,880 cases made.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Bright ruby. Bloody, meaty, very sweet and jewelly nose - though much less rich and more transparent than the Etienne Gonnet. Still quite youthful. Dry finish. Very appetising.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape has drunk well for most of its life and has tons of charm. Sweet cherries, kirsch, olive, spice, cured meats and licorice all emerge from this mature, elegant and layered Chateauneuf du Pape that's ideal for drinking over the coming 7-8 years.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2006-2026
    Author: Eddie
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: USCineman
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Edward O88
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2008-2020
    Author: Howard R
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2008-2020
    Author: Anthony Hotmail
  • Self | Rating: 96

    96 points. Opened in honor of our new Pope, Francis I. This completely surpassed my high expectations. It was deep, profound, silky smooth and oozed Chateaneuf-du-Pape character, with warm grenache fruit framed by notes of lavender, thyme and spices. It was perfectly balanced, with ample acidity and a finish that went on forever. In a really good place right now, it was a terrific pairing with grilled lamb sirloin seasoned with garlic and Provencale herbs. Can't wait to crack open the 2007. Habemus Papam! (NOTE: The 2005 was Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year.)
    Drink Dates: 2009-2019
    Author: PurpleTeeth
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Beautifully balanced, bright sweet fruit, smooth tannins, a really elegant CDP.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2030
    Author: ebgreenb
  • Self | Rating: 96

    If you are still chasing after the supercharged, pricey 2003, I encourage you to eye this vintage as it stacks every ounce of its density and concentration into a much more refined package. Tight, unevolved scents of ripe tobacco, sage, dill and leather brood, simply waiting to explode from this intensely wound elixir. There is a mouthful of expansive, sweet fruit evoking black currant and pure kirsch flavors that are seemingly immense, but oh so tantalizingly plush. I don'tknow how Paul Avril does it, but he manages to shape wines of such bound concentration w/ an uncanny brush of polish, charm and symmetry that you just don'tfind in any other wine.
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Spectacular, jammy taste with significant strawberry and cherry overtones, smooth tannins and crisp on the palate
    Author: Noel H
  • Self | Rating: 93

    The wine was gentle but stern. This initial taste was velvety with a pepper backend with above average tannins. The cedar, cassis and mild strawberry kicked it for me.
    Author: Mr. A
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.

See other similar producers:Domaine du Caillou,Domaine de la Janasse

While the Northern Rhône is known mostly for single-varietal wines from Syrah or Viognier, the Southern Rhône is known for complex blends. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, for example, allows up to 13 different varieties in a blend leaving winemakers ample room to experiment. This variation makes it almost impossible to describe a typical Rhône blend. Regardless of style, the common goal of these winemakers is to manage high tannin and alcohol levels in order to produce a balanced wine.

The most widely planted variety, Grenache, dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. Syrah and Mourvèdre add color and tannin, with Syrah contributing aromas of blueberry, pepper, and bacon while Mourvèdre adds dense black fruit flavors and gamey and meaty aromas. Cinsault provides red fruit flavor. For the best expression of this complex blend turn to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and classic producers like Château de Beaucastel, Clos des Papes, or Domaine du Pegau.

Many New-World wine regions, particularly in California and Australia, have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from San Luis Obispo producers Saxum, Sine Qua Non, and Alban.

The complexity and spice-forward flavor profile of Rhône blends pair best with herb-roasted turkey, pork chops, a range of cheeses, or spiced vegetables. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 3547 bottles owned
  • 469 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 469 collectors)