1998 Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape 1.5L

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape/ Red / Rhone Blend   |     Watch

WS 92   IWC 90+   WA 90   Collector 87
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

A beautiful Chateauneuf, with ripe fruit, thick texture, smooth tannins, and yet a fresh finish. Full-bodied, with plum, red berry, spice and wet earth. There is a sense of soil in this wine.

Drink Dates: 2001-2010
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
Issue: Web

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90+

Deep red. Expressive, very complex aromas of plum, leather, animal fur, minerals and smoke, along with spice and kirsch notes from the mourvedre. Concentrated, smooth and penetrating, thanks to excellent acidity; fresh and youthful. Plenty of volume here, as well as the balance to reward aging (Avril believes the wine will close down for five to seven years). Strong youthfully spicy character. Finishes with fine, dusty tannins and subtle persistence. Doesn't offer the roasted aspect of the most headspinning '98s, but this is quite suave.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 94

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

Although the 1998 is not one of the vintage's top successes, it is outstanding. It exhibits a certain hardness and austerity, along with sweet fruit, a layered palate impression, and a closed, firm finish.

Drink Dates: 2006-2018
Author: Robert Parker


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 10/03/2009
Drink Dates: 2001-2018
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Rating: 80
Author: Lehn G208
Trust Rating: 75
Tasted On: 08/10/2008
Drink Dates: 2008
a little off. maybe past prime. earthy and dust taste

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Average rating: 89, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

62 bottles owned by 31 collectors.

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About This Producer


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

Wine Varietal: Rhone Blend


"Rhone blends" are typically red wines comprised of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre in varying proportions. However, the red blends may also include any of the traditional varieties grown in the Rhone Valley such as the 14 allowed in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation. There are also Rhone blend roses which use the same varieties as their red counterparts. White Rhone blends are typically some combination of Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache blanc, and lesser varieties.

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