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Clos des Papes Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005
The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape (15.3% alcohol) has a deeper color than the 2004 and 2003 that I tasted side by side, and with its dense ruby/purple color to the rim, the wine has a fabulous bouquet of kirsch liqueur, raspberries, licorice, and a combination of spice and Provencal herbs. It is rich, full-bodied, with high but sweet tannin, good acidity, and a blockbuster finish of close to 45+ seconds. This is a knock-out wine that will probably need 4-5 years of bottle age and last for 20-25 years. This exquisitely run estate continues to turn out wines of great fragrance, richness as well as flavor authority and integrity. The yields are always among the lowest in the appellation. While they have 87 acres and can produce as much as 8,000 cases of Chateauneuf du Pape, the yields in 2003 were 23 hectoliters per hectare, in 2004, 22 hectoliters per hectare, and in 2005, 21 hectoliters per hectare. Their best value, and it¹s one heck of a bistro wine, is the non-vintage concoction of Grenache, Syrah, Merlot, and Carignan actually cropped at an amazingly low 32 hectoliters per hectare
Color, this wine has a nice medium to light color. On the nose, there are a lot of red fruits going on in here, licorice is very vibrant, a hint of vanilla, some wild flowers and aromas. The nose is light but is very complex, which I like very much. Midpalate, VERY consistent to what I get on the nose, that's all what I can say! Finish, there are a lot of red fruits dancing on my palate, nice and extremely smooth tannins, considerably lingering in the mouth, easy, lush, licorice and a hint of vanilla are vibrant in here, very well balanced, nice smooth acidity. Overall, this wine is easy drinking, very well made, has a nice smooth complexity, very versatile (it almost goes well with everything). Pair this wine with semi-firm sheep's or cow's milk cheeses, duck, checkin. I am 94+ on this effort. Happy drinking!
2007 Nov (TSMC biz week dinner) from Rick Tsai Shared with Rick, Kenneth, PN, and Brad without decanting. An powerful Chateauneuf du Pape. Dark ruby color with strong raspberry nose and spices. balanced in fruit, tannin, and acidity. good length. Still a young wine. The last sip after ~1 hour of opening was not as impressive in nose & length. too little, or too close to bottom? Have to try it again.
External Reviews for Clos des Papes Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Avril presented the components from foudres and opined that he now prefers this to showing an approximate blend because "blending on the spot isn t an assemblage it s just a melange and a wine needs two months after blending to harmonize." Sample 1 70% grenache and 30% mourvedre: Blackberry dark cherry plum and licorice on the nose. Sweeter on the palate with bright raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. This is "about 15.8% alcohol " says Avril. Sample 2 70% grenache and 30% syrah: Intensely perfume
Avril presented the components, from foudres, and opined that he now prefers this to showing an approximate blend because blending on the spot isn't an assemblage, it's just a melange, and a wine needs two months after blending to harmonize. Sample... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2005 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml
The 2005 Chacirc;teauneuf du Pape has a deep ruby/purple color, identical alcohol to the 2006, and the same pH, but it is a much more tannic wine and the acids seem slightly more elevated, even though the analysis says they are not. A complex nose of resiny pine forest notes intermixed with black raspberry, sweet kirsch, licorice and lavender jumps from the glass of this deep ruby/purple-colored wine. Full-bodied, powerful, rich, and tannic, this wine begs for 4ndash;5 years of bottle age and should keep for 25+ years. In short, you canrsquo;t go wrong with either of these vintages, although the 2006 will provide more up-front charm, and the window for drinking it will be just as long as the 2005. Patience will be required for the 2005.
The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape (15.3% alcohol) has a deeper color than the 2004 and 2003 that I tasted side by side, and with its dense ruby/purple color to the rim, the wine has a fabulous bouquet of kirsch liqueur, raspberries, licorice, and a combination of spice and Provencal herbs. It is rich, full-bodied, with high but sweet tannin, good acidity, and a blockbuster finish of close to 45+ seconds. This is a knock-out wine that will probably need 4ndash;5 years of bottle age and last for 20ndash;25 years.
Really tight now, but packed with dark fig, currant, espresso, licorice and chocolate notes. Superfleshy but seriously structured, therersquo;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 mdash; agrave; la the 1990 mdash; when it reaches its peak. Best from 2009 through 2030.