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2007 Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape

FRANCE / RHONE / CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
  • 100 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Rhone Blend
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SKU: 47229-2007-1500-2A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($115) Deep ruby. Powerful, pungent aromas of kirsch, dark berries, smoky herbs and spicecake, with notes of black olive and tobacco coming on with air. Chewy, palate-staining dark fruit flavors are complicated by bitter chocolate, licorice and black cardamom. Acts like a 2005 today, with serious structure but also superb depth of powerful, densely packed fruit. A hint of cherry skin adds grip and refreshing bitterness to the long, smoky, focused finish. Not an easy read right now: this demands cellaring. (Wines of France , Mountainside, NJ)
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2010
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    65% Grenache, 20% MourvŠdre, 10% Syrah, 5% Counoise. Lightly spiced dark fruit, so elegant. Some coffee/chocolate notes. Silky already, intense but slides across the palate. Dry, taut and such fine tannins. Great elegance and persistence and very little sign of the alcohol. (JH)
    Drink Dates: 2010-2017
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    Paul Avril was a bigger-than-life vigneron, a visionary, and a great teacher, but Vincent has been in charge for a number of years, and he has rewarded his father with what I believe is the greatest Chateauneuf du Pape made since 1978 and 1990, the 2007. I have not only tasted this wine at the estate, but I purchased it for my cellar, and have now drunk it on three separate occasions out of bottle. It is unquestionably one of the great Chateauneufs of my lifetime, and I suspect it will merit a three digit score after another 3-4 years of cellaring. The blend is generally 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and the rest small amounts of Muscardin, Vaccarese, Counoise, and Syrah. It exhibits what is probably the deepest color I have ever seen here, and the finished alcohol is a high (for Clos des Papes) 15.5%. Still slightly restrained because of its recent bottling, but wow, what potential complexity, mind-boggling richness, and compelling flavor profile are apparent. It is a sublime expression of the art of winemaking as evidenced by its dense purple color and big, sweet kiss of kirsch, framboise, blackberries, licorice, roasted herbs, and smoked meat. It hits the palate with a fascinating combination of substance, power, full-bodied authority yet extraordinary freshness, elegance, and precision. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring, and watch it unleash its glory over the next three decades. This is a prodigious wine of great quality from one of the most important reference point estates in Chateauneuf du Pape.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2042
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

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    Drink Dates: 2012-2022
    Author: Mark M693
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Initial Brett gone after an hour of decanting. Great fruit and spice. beautiful balance and great match to Indian lamb.
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Still very young. Nose of smoked meat, leather and some earthiness. Very sweet palate, intense, with quite stiff tannins that is quite fine. Long finish. very good wine, but too forward for my taste.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2025
    Author: Adrian W
  • Self | Rating: 95

    This featured generous fruit, a long finish and ample acidity to pair with any type of grilled beef, pork or lamb. Definitely in its drinking window and should remain there until at least 2020. (**Wine Spectator Wine of the Year 2010**)
    Drink Dates: 2014-2020
    Author: PurpleTeeth
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

  • 3436 bottles owned
  • 442 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 442 collectors)