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4 Chateauneuf du Pape Clos des Papes 99 Rr 2010

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#4 Wine Spectator Top 100 2012 "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...98" WS 09/12 "The 2010 looks to be extraordinary. A slightly fresher and more elegant version of the 2007, I think it may well be the greatest Clos des Papes since the 1990 and 1978. The 2010 has a dense ruby/purple color, a beautifully precise and pure nose of deep black raspberry, black cherry, boysenberry and blueberry notes with some licorice, garrigue, and bouquet garni. Additionally, there is a meaty richness that probably comes from the Mourvedre and Syrah. It is an extraordinarily intense, fresh, lively wine with great finesse and elegance, which is somewhat unusual given the richness of fruit and the power of this wine. The color is a dense ruby/purple, perhaps slightly less opaque than the 2007, but very dark. This wine should evolve for 30+ years...96-98" WA 10/11 "Checking in at 15.9% Alcohol and incredibly concentrated, powerful, and yet elegant, the 2010 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one for the ages and sports a deep purple, almost opaque color to go with spectacular aromas of kirsch, blackberry, licorice, ground pepper, and Asian spice on the nose. Always a blend of roughly 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah that is aged in neutral oak foudre, this hits the palate with a full-bodied, thick texture that carries masses of finely polished tannin, layers of fruit, and integrated acidity that keeps everything fresh and vibrant through the finish. This is not for those seeking instant gratification and will need 7-8 years to integrate and flesh out, nevertheless, it is a monumental red that every Châteauneuf-du-Pape lover needs to have in the cellar...99+" RR 10/12

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Variety: Rhone
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#4 Wine Spectator Top 100 2012 "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...98" WS 09/12 "The 2010 looks to be extraordinary. A slightly fresher and more elegant version of the 2007, I think it may well be the greatest Clos des Papes since the 1990 and 1978. The 2010 has a dense ruby/purple color, a beautifully precise and pure nose of deep black raspberry, black cherry, boysenberry and blueberry notes with some licorice, garrigue, and bouquet garni. Additionally, there is a meaty richness that probably comes from the Mourvedre and Syrah. It is an extraordinarily intense, fresh, lively wine with great finesse and elegance, which is somewhat unusual given the richness of fruit and the power of this wine. The color is a dense ruby/purple, perhaps slightly less opaque than the 2007, but very dark. This wine should evolve for 30+ years...96-98" WA 10/11 "Checking in at 15.9% Alcohol and incredibly concentrated, powerful, and yet elegant, the 2010 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one for the ages and sports a deep purple, almost opaque color to go with spectacular aromas of kirsch, blackberry, licorice, ground pepper, and Asian spice on the nose. Always a blend of roughly 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah that is aged in neutral oak foudre, this hits the palate with a full-bodied, thick texture that carries masses of finely polished tannin, layers of fruit, and integrated acidity that keeps everything fresh and vibrant through the finish. This is not for those seeking instant gratification and will need 7-8 years to integrate and flesh out, nevertheless, it is a monumental red that every Châteauneuf-du-Pape lover needs to have in the cellar...99+" RR 10/12

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