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Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Premier 2009

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I tasted through various foudres of the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape and it is unquestionably a top-flight wine for Clos des Papes that is seductive and forward by the standards of this estate. It reminded me of the precocious style of the 2003, and Avril told me the 2009 is less alcoholic than either the 2003 or 2007, and the pH is a normal 3.75. Yields were a very small 20 hectoliters per hectare, largely because of their selection process and the drought. Every foudre I tasted was beautifully pure displaying a deep ruby/plum color, sweet kirsch and black raspberry fruit, full body, decent acidity (they never acidify here) and sweet, velvety tannins....The 2009 is a beautiful success that should drink well for 15+ years...92-95" WA 10/10

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Varietal: Grenache
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External Reviews for Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Premier

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Darker red but a little less saturated. Reticent nose hints at fresh dark berries and kirsch; more floral and less spicy than the rsquo;97. Supple and stylish, with firm acids and modest fat. Good but not outstanding intensity and grip. Finishes firm and persistent, with cherry, smoke and earth notes. Vincent Avril compared this wine to the rsquo;93 and rsquo;88.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 1996 Chacirc;teauneuf du Pape requires consumption within its first 8 or so years of life, it is close to outstanding. From its exotic, gorgeously fragrant nose of pepper, crushed sea shells. Provenccedil;al olives, and plum/cherry fruit, this dark garnet-colored wine is open-knit, juicy, rich, fat, medium to full-bodied, and expansive and succulent. it delivers it considerable quantity of fruit and spice in an easy-going, generous, precocious style.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

The 2004 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape is a surprisingly powerful wine that actually came in at alcohol levels equivalent to the 2003 (both 15.3%.) The wine is certainly one of the top wines of the vintage, with a dense ruby/purple color and a fresh nose of black raspberries and white flowers intermixed with kirsch, licorice, and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, not as voluminous and fleshy as the 2003, but beautifully made from their traditional blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, and the rest tiny percentages of other miscellaneous grapes. Everything is aged in large wood foudres prior to being bottled unfiltered. This wine is a strong effort from father and son Paul and Vincent Avril, and looks to have at least 20 years of longevity ahead of it. Think of it as a richer, more intense version of the 2001.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Very pretty, almost delicate, of medium body and medium concentration. The soft and supple tannins are sleek and easy to appreciate. It'll be hard to resist enjoying it on release, with its burst of red and black fruit on the succulent finish. Drink now through 2006.


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
10/22/2014

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External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/19/2011

The 1996 Châteauneuf du Pape requires consumption within its first 8 or so years of life, it is close to outstanding. From its exotic, gorgeously fragrant nose of pepper, crushed sea shells. Provençal olives, and plum/cherry fruit, this dark garnet-colored wine is open-knit, juicy, rich, fat, medium to full-bodied, and expansive and succulent. it delivers it considerable quantity of fruit and spice in an easy-going, generous, precocious style.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2000 Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Pape (14.3% alcohol) was produced from relatively abundant yields (for this estate) of 30 hectoliters per hectare. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by an elegant bouquet of black raspberries mixed with cherries, minerals, tree bark, and spice. There is abundant power and elegance as well as a pure style and surprising finesse for a Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Pape. The 2000 requires 3ndash;4 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2005ndash;2020.


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I tasted through various foudres of the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape and it is unquestionably a top-flight wine for Clos des Papes that is seductive and forward by the standards of this estate. It reminded me of the precocious style of the 2003, and Avril told me the 2009 is less alcoholic than either the 2003 or 2007, and the pH is a normal 3.75. Yields were a very small 20 hectoliters per hectare, largely because of their selection process and the drought. Every foudre I tasted was beautifully pure displaying a deep ruby/plum color, sweet kirsch and black raspberry fruit, full body, decent acidity (they never acidify here) and sweet, velvety tannins....The 2009 is a beautiful success that should drink well for 15+ years...92-95" WA 10/10

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