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Chateauneuf du Pape Clos des Papes 1998

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"Has a mature brick hint at the rim, but this is still very youthful, with an elegant, silky core of red and black currant fruit that holds the upper hand over the garrigue, graphite and licorice notes. The long, very fine-grained finish lets an alluring incense note peek in. A beauty, this is all about finesse and should cruise in the cellar.--1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Drink now through 2027...96" WS 9/07 "The reds commenced with an evolved, yet gorgeously perfumed and complex 1998 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Always surprisingly open and mid-weight for such a ripe vintage, it nevertheless has a suppleness and sheer drinkablity about it that is hard to resist. On this occasion, it showed a more burly profile of matured red fruits, iron, garrigue, and meat that flowed to a completely mature, integrated palate. Fading slightly over the evening, it is a noble Châteauneuf-du-Pape that should be consumed over the coming handful of years...94" RR 12/12 "From a vintage called a "Grenache year" by Paul-Vincent, the 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape is atypically medium-bodied and supple, with an endearing, drink-me-now feel in its sweet fruits, cedar, spice, mint and charcuterie-laced aromas and flavors. Pretty, classy and balanced...92" WA 08/15 "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...90+" Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media


"Has a mature brick hint at the rim, but this is still very youthful, with an elegant, silky core of red and black currant fruit that holds the upper hand over the garrigue, graphite and licorice notes. The long, very fine-grained finish lets an alluring incense note peek in. A beauty, this is all about finesse and should cruise in the cellar.--1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Drink now through 2027...96" WS 9/07 "The reds commenced with an evolved, yet gorgeously perfumed and complex 1998 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Always surprisingly open and mid-weight for such a ripe vintage, it nevertheless has a suppleness and sheer drinkablity about it that is hard to resist. On this occasion, it showed a more burly profile of matured red fruits, iron, garrigue, and meat that flowed to a completely mature, integrated palate. Fading slightly over the evening, it is a noble Châteauneuf-du-Pape that should be consumed over the coming handful of years...94" RR 12/12 "From a vintage called a "Grenache year" by Paul-Vincent, the 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape is atypically medium-bodied and supple, with an endearing, drink-me-now feel in its sweet fruits, cedar, spice, mint and charcuterie-laced aromas and flavors. Pretty, classy and balanced...92" WA 08/15 "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...90+" Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media

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