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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 09/27/2011

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

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.


External Review
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 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 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
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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"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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