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2010 Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape

FRANCE / RHÔNE / CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
  • 99 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 83 JR
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 47229-2010-750-1A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    Inky ruby. Potent, intensely perfumed aromas on raspberry liqueur, cherry-cola, anise and smoky garrigue . Spicy and incisive, offering palate-staining red and dark berry flavors that become richer with air. Shows a superb balance of richness and vivacity, with dusty tannins giving grip to a long, spice- and floral-dominated finish. One of the top wines from the entire Rhone from this outstanding vintage.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2013
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

    Lots of cocoa powder and coffee frame a massive block of dark plum, black currant and fig fruit, while massively endowed tannins stride from start to finish. Cassis, anise and Lapsang souchong tea notes hang in the background for now, but should emerge more with extended cellaring. The very dark, almost brooding finish is dominated by charcoal-coated grip, but the purity still wins out in the end. A very, very large wine.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Mid bright crimson, lighter than many. Fresh and inviting. Lively bright fruit. Sweetly spiced yet remains fresh. Silky already but not soft and finishes just a little more savoury. One of the lighter Chƒteauneufs in this tasting but long nevertheless. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    Mind blowing stuff, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is most likely the greatest wine ever from this estate. Still inky colored, it has a powerful, slightly backward feel in its crushed rocks, cassis, kirsch, toasted spice, licorice and dried flower-like aromas and flavors. Massively concentrated, thick, rich and textured, it delivers a serious lashing of tannin, yet nevertheless is perfectly balanced, ultra-pure, precise and long. It's the quintessential Clos des Papes and will have 30+ years of longevity. Note, yields were a miniscule 16 hectoliters per hectare, so there's not much of this out there.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2014-2035
    Author: wineswe
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Drank at Bday. Big and complex. Will wait 10 years for the next one!
    Author: Johnnymd
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

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1577 bottles owned
  • 165 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 98
    (Out of 165 collectors)