Clos des Papes Vertical 2011/12/13/14
$635.95 + GST
-Vertical includes 1 bottle of Each vintage (2011,2012,2013,2014)
Chateauneuf-du-Papes, Rhone Valley, France
2011 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 96 Pts
One of the stars of the vintage and coming from absurdly low yields of 18 hectoliters 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.
2012 – Wine Spectator – 97 Pts
A stunner, with a gorgeous cassis aroma that soars from the glass, reinforced by a core of cassis, cherry and plum pâte 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 after cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2032. Blend: 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre 10% Syrah, the rest a mix of Vaccarese, Counoise and Muscardin
2013 – Wine Spectator – 94 Pts
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. Best from 2017 through 2026. Blend: 55% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah
2014 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 93 Pts
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to taste Vincent’s 2015 from foudre, but his 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape is certainly one of the wines of the vintage. And while it possesses terrific notes of peppery herbs, Provençal spice, kirsch and darker berry fruits, it’s on the palate where this beauty shines! Medium to full-bodied, incredibly balanced, seamless and pure, with beautiful fruit, it has present tannin, terrific mid-palate depth and a great finish. It won’t be the longest lived wine from the estate, but it’s beautiful and will certainly drink well for a decade.Blend: 55% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre, 10% Other Permitted Varieties
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