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Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Premier 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 Chateauneuf du Pape flirts with perfection. A classic blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah, Vaccarese and Counoise, all aged in large foudres in Clos des Papes’s air-conditioned and humidity-controlled wine cellar, the wine boasts a dense purple color along with lots of gorgeously pure black raspberry, black currant and kirsch liqueur notes intermixed with notions of spring flowers, tapenade, licorice and spice box. This dense, full-bodied, powerful Chateauneuf is also remarkably fresh and well-delineated. It even exceeded the 2007 in natural alcohol, coming in at 15.9%. With an extraordinary texture and considerable tannin in the finish, it will benefit from 3-5 years of bottle age, and is built for 25-30 years of cellaring. Don’t miss it! ....99" WA 10/12 "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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Editorial Reviews for Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Premier

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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02/12/2013

This is very aromatic with a little hint of lift coming from some VA. A bit of an old school nose here with violets, olives, and a bit of teriyaki all layered over dark strawberry fruit. Smooth and polished in the mouth, showing a level of refinement that is surprising. This delivers masses of seamless slightly dark and liquory fruit supported by fine-grained tannins that extend across the long, slightly sweet finish. Very youthful. 93pts


External Reviews for Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Premier

External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 2010 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape - France - Region: Rhône - Apellation: Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Grenache blend - 750 ml.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/19/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/19/2012

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. Best from 2017 through 2035.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/27/2012

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 de... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2010 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml



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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 Chateauneuf du Pape flirts with perfection. A classic blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah, Vaccarese and Counoise, all aged in large foudres in Clos des Papes’s air-conditioned and humidity-controlled wine cellar, the wine boasts a dense purple color along with lots of gorgeously pure black raspberry, black currant and kirsch liqueur notes intermixed with notions of spring flowers, tapenade, licorice and spice box. This dense, full-bodied, powerful Chateauneuf is also remarkably fresh and well-delineated. It even exceeded the 2007 in natural alcohol, coming in at 15.9%. With an extraordinary texture and considerable tannin in the finish, it will benefit from 3-5 years of bottle age, and is built for 25-30 years of cellaring. Don’t miss it! ....99" WA 10/12 "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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