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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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Vintage: 2008 09/02/2011

Vegetabil, Frucht, Pfeffrig - aber etwas "alt" im Mund. Elegant


External Reviews for Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Premier

External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/20/2013

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 Avril s giant mostly old foudres Avril averred that "14.5% alcohol is the jumping off point for high-quality grenache any less and the flavors aren t co


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 06/28/2014

Full ruby. Intense aromas of red fruit preserves, anise, lavender and exotic spices. Supple and expansive on the palate, offering deep raspberry and cherry flavors accented by floral pastille and spice nuances. Tannins come on late and build with air, but the fruit keeps pace. Finishes firm and very long, with resonating floral and spice notes and impressive energy.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

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+.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/20/2013

Superfresh, with blanched almond, green plum, yellow apple and verbena notes carried by almost brisk minerality. The finish is really bright and mouthwatering. There's rather stony precision and this still a touch tight. Begs for cellaring. Best from 2011 through 2020. 1,000 cases made Wine Spectator, Oct. 31 2010, James Molesworth


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 09/19/2011

Darker red but a little less saturated. Reticent nose hints at fresh dark berries and kirsch; more floral and less spicy than the '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 '93 and '88.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

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.


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Source: Luxurious Drinks
Vintage: 2009 10/22/2014

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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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