International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96(raised in foudres) Deep ruby. Hugely aromatic red and dark berry, potpourri and floral scents are underscored by smoky minerality and an exotic suggestion of Asian spices. Sappy, focused and impressively deep yet lively, offering alluringly sweet raspberry, cherry compote and spicecake flavors and a refreshingly bitter touch of blood orange. Puts on weight and spreads out steadily with air, acquiring a succulent herb note that carries through the strikingly long, mineral-laced, gently tannic finish. This beauty is shaping up to be among the standouts of this extremely successful vintage.Author: Josh Raynolds
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17All six varieties with lots of Bourboulenc, Picpoul and Clairette in ripe years like this. All vinified together. Six-week fermentation, by adding new varieties progressively to the tank. Never any wood. pH 3.4. Exciting power and tension on the nose. Then honeysuckle and breadth on the palate. Very satin texture. Nice, fine, bitter note on the end. Not that much obvious acid. For food, and to drink young or old but not in between (drink from 2016 to 2018, or 2026 to 2032). Long.Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 97Bottled in May, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a floral, elegant, unbelievably complex wine. Roses and violets, cherries and stone fruit, cinnamon and allspice and more are carried across the full-bodied yet almost weightless palate, finishing in a swirl of silky tannins and lingering spice. Drink it over the next two decades.Author: Robert Parker
JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 93Impressive and bright mixed summer berry and spiced cherry fruits on the nose in a vibrant, alluringly complex style. The palate delivers succulently ripe red cherry and plum fruit flavors. Plenty of weight. Gently warm and spicy finish. Drink from 2020.Author: James Suckling
Wine Spectator | Rating: 98Really 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.Author: James Molesworth
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Self | Rating: 96Author: dave1161
Self | Rating: 93Author: Jimmy
Self | Rating: 94Author: Daddy
Self | Rating: 95Author: anandgowda1
Self | Rating: 95Author: Kjartan
Self | Rating: 95Author: SingKevin
Self | Rating: 92Drink Dates: 2016Author: Arnie
Self | Rating:90 pointsAuthor: KS
Self | Rating: 96Delicious. Improving with age. Better than last bottle. Classic CDP tastes.Drink Dates: 2010-2020Author: Nick O
Self | Rating: 96Drinking beautifully. Has added weight and complexity. Great Kirsch flavor. At peak.Author: Johnnymd
Self | Rating: 96Grandiose wine of the year accolades and all, this is unarguably an excellent vintage for Clos des Papes, but I think savvy fans of the estate should look to the 2004 (as I imagine it will go toe to toe w/ the ?05 in terms of quality and evolution). There is a beautiful intensity to the attack, w/ a powerful torrent of kirsch, underbrush, grilled herbs, espresso roast, licorice and wild flowers in a package of restrained exuberance. Amidst all its tension and depth, you can sense a fine, pulsating charge of minerality that pumps through the body of the wine to the finish. There really is not a weak spot to be found through the profile of this venerable producer?s effort, but oddly enough, I said the same thing about the ?04Drink Dates: 04-01-2008Author: Brad Coelho
Self | Rating: 98Hint of sharpness vanished completely after an hour of decanting. Silky smooth, warm ripe berries and plums. Number 1 of Wine Spector's 2007 Top 100 for good reason. Wish I had much more in storage.Author: USCineman
Self | Rating: 96one of the best everAuthor: Howard R
Self | Rating: 93Opened the night before. Not decanted. Pretty tight but showing well. Should really round out as it ages. Beautiful floral nose then closes down a bit in the glass. Iodine, blood and deep red fruit. Nice earth and spice. Def needs more time, but still very enjoyable now if a bit austere.Author: bkkchriss4
Self | Rating: 90Purple/ruby with strong brightness and depth. Very dusty nose of graphite pencil, blueberry, cotton candy, raspberries, and red plum. A lot of acid on the palate, too much even to allow for the parsing out of the flavors. Might be in a dumb phase, but has potential.Drink Dates: 2011-2020Author: JMC22
Self | Rating: 88This was a little disappointing, particularly for a Spectator WOTY. Nose was enticing, but the flavor and mouthfeel were much thinner than I expected. Not as robust as I would expect from a top CdP. The finish was clipped with an odd chalkiness. Bad bottle? Maybe, but none of the usual symptoms of a spoiled bottle.Author: Jeffrey M989
Self | Rating:Wine maker, Paul Avril, compares it to 1990 but says it has better acidity. Tanzer rates 94-97Author: Jay
Self | Rating:WS Wine of the Year 2007Author: LJLAnesthesia
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 is known mostly for single-varietal wines from or , the is known for complex blends. , 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, , dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. 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 , , or .
Many New-World wine regions, particularly in and , have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from producers , , and .
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.
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- Average collector rating: 94
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