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Clos des Papes

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Clos des Papes

Poise and grace are the utmost importance to Paul-Vincent Avril, the current proprietor of Clos de Papes. Since 1873, his family has been cultivating and producing low yield, high quality wines from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Be sure that even when the wine market sees a surplus of fine wines for sale, Clos de Papes had no problem finding suitable, eager homes for their product. Hailing the highest scores and kindest words from the wine world’s most respected critics, Clos des Papes most recent accolade was being deemed Wine Spectators #10 wine of the year in their annual Top 100. These wines are rich, heady and hard to find due to the small production. Vintages to look out for: 2001, 1995, 1994, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1985 and 1978.

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Tasting Notes

WA100
One of the great vintages from this estate, surpassing even the 1990, 2000, 2001, 2003, and maybe the 2010 (time will tell with this one), the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Vincent Avril delivers everything you could want from a wine. Full-bodied, intense and beautifully concentrated, with plenty of muscle and depth, it shows the hallmark elegance and purity of the estate, with sensational notes of kirsch liqueur, raspberries, incense, smoked meats and Asian spices. The blend is the normal 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and the rest a mix of permitted varieties, brought up all in older foudre, and it's just now entering its prime drink window and has another two decades of longevity.
WS97
Absolutely stunning, with a deep well of crème de cassis that's thoroughly pure and captivating, while black tea, fig cake, hoisin sauce, incense and graphite notes weave throughout. The supervelvety finish lets blackberry, boysenberry and crushed cherry fruit take an encore¿as if this needed any more fruit. A fantastic display of precision in a very opulent year. Best from 2010 through 2030.

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