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Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Premier 2009
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
Vegetabil, Frucht, Pfeffrig - aber etwas "alt" im Mund. Elegant
External Reviews for Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Premier
The 2000 Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Pape reveals 14.6% alcohol, and is stylistically similar to the great 1990. The 2000 is open-knit and fat, with higher levels of glycerine as well a a more corpulent style than the structured, backward 2001. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by sweet, black cherry/kirsch liqueur-like notes presented in a voluptuous, full-throttle, intense style. It is already revealing such secondary nuances as pepper, garrigue, and truffles. Chewy, full-bodied, and moderately tannic, this cuveacute;e is accessible, but not ready to drink. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash;2025.
The 2000 Châteauneuf-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 Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The 2000 requires 3-4 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.
Paul Avril feels that purchasers of the 2001 should ldquo;wait ten yearsrdquo; before drinking it. A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, and 5% Counoise, all aged in large wood fourdes prior to being bottled without filtration, was produced from low yields of 27 hectoliters per hectare. A deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by a sweet bouquet of figs, raspberries, new saddle leather, autumnal forest floor, and resiny notes. Full-bodied with beautiful purity as well as strikingly rich mouthfeel, this seriously endowed Chateauneuf admirable conceals its 14.5% alcohol. A structured finish and impressive extract levels suggest considerable longevity. This firmly tannic, intensely concentrated 2001 boasts great aromatic and palate presence, but it remains young and unevolved. Anticipated maturity: 2009ndash;2020+.
Deep ruby. Intensely perfumed cherry, garrigue and flowers on the nose, plus notes of licorice and smoky Moroccan spices. At once fleshy and sappy, with incisive, spicy red fruit flavors complicated by herbs and floral pastilles. Finishes spicy and with superb intensity, echoing the spice and floral notes emphatically. This sample was a blend from five of Avrilrsquo;s giant, mostly old foudres Avril averred that ldquo;14.5% alcohol is the jumping off point for high-quality grenache, any less and the flavors arenrsquo;t complete. This should be just above that so it will be fresh and balanced.rdquo;
Father-and-son team Paul and Paul-Vincent Avril make this powerful red, which represents the bulk of production from their 74-acre, family-owned estate. Grenache (65 percent), Mourvegrave;dre (20 percent), Syrah (10 percent) and a dollop of other red grapes are vinified in ceramic-lined vats before aging for a year in large oak casks mdash; the classic method in the appellation. The estate makes just one red wine, allowing the Avrils to practice strict selection while drawing on grapes from Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Papersquo;s various terroirs.
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.
The 2004 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out to be one of the finest wines of the vintage, tipping the scales at just over 15% alcohol and actually coming a few tenths of a degree within the 2003 and 2005 in terms of power and alcoholic degrees. The wine displays gorgeously sweet black raspberries, kirsch liqueur, and resiny, loamy soil notes. Medium to full-bodied, this blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, and the rest some of the other red varietals that are permitted, is performing beautifully and is certainly one of the vintagersquo;s superstars. The wine is full-bodied, powerful, rich, and as accessible as the 2003, but slightly fresher and not as muscular and thick. Nevertheless, this is a top effort from the father and son team of Paul and Vincent Avril. This wine can be drunk now but can be cellared for 15ndash;20 years.
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