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2012 Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape

FRANCE / RHÔNE / CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
  • 96 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 19 JR
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 47229-2012
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    A stunner, with a gorgeous cassis aroma that soars from the glass, reinforced by a core of cherry and plum pƒte de fruit, hoisin sauce, warm ganache and well-roasted apple wood notes. Hefty, but suave and seamless. The finish lets graphite and licorice elements glide through. The structure is dense, polished and perfectly integrated, resulting in lovely length. Should be a beauty after cellaring.
    Drink Dates: 2017-2032
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    Leading off the reds in the retrospective, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape hit a whopping 15.7% natural alcohol, yet doesn't show a trace of heat in its gorgeous bouquet of kirsch liqueur, blackberries, Asian spice, cured meats and garrigue. This is followed by a thick, concentrated, seamless 2012 that has the vintage's purity and rounded nature, plenty of sweet tannin, and a killer finish. Already hard to resist, it will cruise for another 15-20 years.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2035
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Vinous | Rating: 94

    Opaque ruby. Smoky blueberry and cherry compote aromas pick up a peppery nuance with air, along with a suave floral quality. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering sweet, deeply concentrated black and blue fruit flavors and a hint of lavender pastille. Spreads out and becomes spicier on the juicy, penetrating finish, which is framed by supple, slow-building tannins. - Josh Raynolds
    Drink Dates: 2019-2030
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Tasted in three components, from three different foudres , followed by a hypothetical final blend that Avril has assembled in its own foudre . #1 (80% grenache, 10% syrah and the rest |all the other varieties): Intense red fruit and floral scents, with a bright mineral overtone. Silky and fruit-driven, offering sweet raspberry liqueur and lavender flavors and a touch of white pepper. Spicy and precise, with serious finishing power. This is carrying 15.7% alcohol. #2) (70% grenache, 20% syrah and 10% mourvedre): Deeper and darker in character than #1, offering bitter cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors and a touch of licorice. A sexy floral note dominates the finish, which is smooth, focused and long. #3 (55% grenache, 40% mourvedre and 5% counoise): Exotic black and blue fruit compote on the nose, with a smoky note gaining power with air. Rich and energetic, finishing with excellent clarity and thrust. A hypothetical final blend: Opaque ruby. Heady aromas of dark berry preserves, potpourri, anise and spicecake, with a zesty mineral topnote. Juicy, focused and penetrating, offering sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a strong mineral undertone. Closes spicy and long, with smooth tannins folding smoothly into the fruit.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2014
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19

    The final blend of this wonderful wine will be 65% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah. Vincent has made a Syrah-dominant foudre and a Mourvedre-dominant blend to show 'my clients' how much better the latter is than the former. The Syrah does indeed rather suppress the delicacy and sweetness of Clos des Papes' Grenache which is so unlike most Chateauneuf -- transparent and ethereal; only Ch Rayas regularly follows this style. Truly gorgeous and holds its (considerable: well over 15%) alcohol so well.
    Drink Dates: 2019-2040
    Author: Jancis Robinson
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  • 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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    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 1304 bottles owned
    • 152 collectors