Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2018


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Decanter, 96 points- There is more Mourvèdre here than an average year as the Grenache was hit relatively hard and it shows in the aromatic profile comprising damson, plum skin, mashed blueberry and liquorice. There's also a floral element and a little cinnamon kick on the finish. The tannins are silky, and the balance of acidity is good. It bears a certain resemblance to the 2015 but a little darker in style, concentrated and ripe, more mulled and more butch in style than a classic year. Just 30,000 bottles made from a yield of 9hl/ha - their smallest ever crop, losing 70% to mildew.

Varietals- 65% Grenache, 20-40% Mourvèdre, 10-15% Syrah, 5% Counoise/Muscardin/Vaccarese, destemmed