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2013 Clos Des Papes Chateauneuf Du PapeBlend from France

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  • 94 Wine Spectator
  • 19 Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages
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About

94

"Very juicy and lively in feel, with pepper, tobacco and bay leaf notes leading the way for a core of raspberry, bitter plum and red currant coulis flavors. The long finish lets the pepper and tobacco notes play out, with pleasant acidity embedded throughout. Very Provençal in feel."

19 Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages

"For the first time since 2001, Vincent Avril assembled the wine before putting it into his precious foudres because the crop was so small. The resulting blend is 55% Grenache (as opposed to the more usual 65%), 30% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah (more than usual). After an extremely tricky year in the vineyard, the vinification was easy. Strict selection was needed because the vines were not in perfect shape. I tasted wines from a range of foudres and found them truly beautiful. It was the energy that was so remarkable after notably meaty, savoury aromas. Muscular, absolutely not heavy on the Grenache, these wines were very different from usual. Very ripe and cool but not skinny. Lovely polish but not over ‘made’. Admirably supple and refined. Even elegant. He says ‘burgundian’ (his highest form of praise). The final alcohol level is only an estimation."

Product Detail

Item # 93803
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-Region Chateauneuf du Pape
Ratings

94 - Wine Spectator

19 - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages

Vintage 2013
Color Red
ABV 14.5%
Varietal(s) Grenache / Garnacha, Mourvedre / Mataro / Monastrell / Garrut
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, blackberry , violet , oak , smoke , toast and vanilla
Nose vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, thyme , clove , cinnamon , black pepper and mint