2004 Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape 1.5L

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IWC 94   JR 17.5   WA 95   WS 96   Customer 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($79) Deep ruby. Pungent spice and floral notes accent bright red berry and cherry aromas. Deep, fleshy and sweet, with musky underbrush and garrigue adding complexity to the bright, intense red berry flavors. Very rich, in fact one of the more powerful wines of the vintage, with excellent depth and sweetness. The finish is chewy and strikingly long. Avril compares this one to 1995 in quality.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 130

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

Bright ruby. Bloody, meaty, very sweet and jewelly nose - though much less rich and more transparent than the Etienne Gonnet. Still quite youthful. Dry finish. Very appetising.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

One of the standouts in the vintage, Paul-Vincent's 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape is a gorgeous effort that does everything right. Both elegant and rich, with complex kirsch, garrigue, underbrush and saddle-leather aromas and flavors (among other things), this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, no hard edges and an overall seamless, elegant profile that makes it such a joy to drink. Upfront and ready to go, it will nevertheless continue to evolve gracefully for another decade.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Issue: 211

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

Amazingly refined, with a pure, silky current of raspberry ganache and cassis flavors that glides along supple tannins. Hints of mocha, mineral and garrigue check in on the long, pure finish. Has serious structure for the long haul. All about balance and finesse. 6,880 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006-2030
Author: James Molesworth

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Customer Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 95
Author: Eddie
Drink Dates: 2006-2026

Rating: 93
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/05/2013
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Rating: 96
Author: PurpleTeeth
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/16/2013
Drink Dates: 2009-2019
96 points. Opened in honor of our new Pope, Francis I. This completely surpassed my high expectations. It was deep, profound, silky smooth and oozed Chateaneuf-du-Pape character, with warm grenache fruit framed by notes of lavender, thyme and spices. It was perfectly balanced, with ample acidity and a finish that went on forever. In a really good place right now, it was a terrific pairing with grilled lamb sirloin seasoned with garlic and Provencale herbs. Can't wait to crack open the 2007. Habemus Papam! (NOTE: The 2005 was Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year.)

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Rating: 95
Author: ebgreenb
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/22/2013
Drink Dates: 2012-2030
Beautifully balanced, bright sweet fruit, smooth tannins, a really elegant CDP.

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Rating: 92
Author: Howard R
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 11/13/2011
Drink Dates: 2008-2020

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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.

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