Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Clos des Papes, Rhone, France 2011

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Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Clos des Papes, Rhone, France 2011

65.00

This is the finest Chateauneuf-du-Pape we have ever tasted. There's a caveat attached to that, which is that we haven't tasted many of the 100-point superstar Papes, because they're impossible to get hold of, so the bar isn't as high as it might be, but we've never tasted anything as flamboyantly subtle. Yup, it's like drinking an oxymoron. Power and finesse, opulence and nuance. 

The Wine Advocate: "One of the stars of the vintage and coming from absurdly low yields of 18 hectolitres per hectare, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape is a full-bodied, seamless effort that exhibits copious kirsch, ground pepper, dried flowers and underbrush as well as incredibly fine tannin, great mid-palate concentration and ample length on the finish. Relatively forward by this estate’s standards, it will be approachable at an earlier age than normal. Nevertheless, it will have 20+ years of evolution and is an awesome effort in the vintage. Drink 2015-2030. " 96 points

One of the benchmark estates, Clos des Papes covers close to 90 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape and is run by the incredibly talented Paul-Vincent Avril. Favouring a single cuvee, his Chateauneuf du Pape is always a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre 10% Syrah and the rest a mix of Vaccarese, Counoise and Muscardin. No new oak is used in the winery and all new barrels and foudre see three vintages of his non-vintage Le Petit Vin d’Avril before being used for his 'Grand Vin'. 

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