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Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Premier 2012

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"Tasted from multiple foudres, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape is stunning! Showing surprising depth and concentration in the vintage, with full-bodied richness and texture, all of the samples showed perfumed, complex aromatics, fantastic mid-palates and serious back-end structure. Less forward than the 2011, with plenty of oomph, it will most likely require short-term cellaring to come around, and have a broad drink window...95-98" WA 10/13 "A stunner, with a gorgeous cassis aroma that soars from the glass, reinforced by a core of cassis, cherry and plum pate de fruit, hoisin sauce, warm ganache and well-roasted apple wood notes. Hefty, but suave and seamless. The finish lets graphite and licorice elements glide through. The structure is dense, polished and perfectly integrated, resulting in lovely length. Should be a beauty aftter cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2032...97" WS 9/14

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Winery: Clos des Papes
Color: Red
Varietal: Grenache
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Editorial Reviews for Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Premier

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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Vintage: 2010 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 Chateauneuf du Pape Premier

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Vintage: 2010 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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Source: Luxurious Drinks
Vintage: 2010 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
Vintage: 2010 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.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 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: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

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;


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Vintage: 2009 09/16/2011

Considered by Paul-Vincent to be a hypothetical blend of his '05 and '07, the 2009 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a beauty, displaying plenty of power and depth, as well as elegance and balance. Loaded with flowers, kirsch, licorice, and subtl... Rhone Report, The. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 12/13/2011

Really tight now, but packed with dark fig, currant, espresso, licorice and chocolate notes. Superfleshy but seriously structured, there's layer after layer of sweet spice, fruit and minerality pumping through the finish, with lots of latent depth and power. Far more backward than the 2003 or 2004 on release, but since this red typically puts on weight as it ages, it should be a monster - à la the 1990 - when it reaches its peak. Best from 2009 through 2030.


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"Tasted from multiple foudres, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape is stunning! Showing surprising depth and concentration in the vintage, with full-bodied richness and texture, all of the samples showed perfumed, complex aromatics, fantastic mid-palates and serious back-end structure. Less forward than the 2011, with plenty of oomph, it will most likely require short-term cellaring to come around, and have a broad drink window...95-98" WA 10/13 "A stunner, with a gorgeous cassis aroma that soars from the glass, reinforced by a core of cassis, cherry and plum pate de fruit, hoisin sauce, warm ganache and well-roasted apple wood notes. Hefty, but suave and seamless. The finish lets graphite and licorice elements glide through. The structure is dense, polished and perfectly integrated, resulting in lovely length. Should be a beauty aftter cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2032...97" WS 9/14

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