Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2019

$144.99

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Alcohol: 14.5%

Grape(s): 65% Grenache, 20-40% Mourvèdre, 10-15% Syrah, 5% Counoise/Muscardin/Vaccarese

Localization: Rhone, France

Tasting Notes: 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 licorice. 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.

Notes: Just 30,000 bottles made from a yield of 9hl/ha - their smallest ever crop, losing 70% to mildew.

98 Points - Decanter: Bright and floral on the nose. The tannins are extremely fine, almost imperceptible, but very much present, giving the wine a strong base for long aging. It's perfectly balanced, long and deep, resulting in a rich but surprisingly classic vintage of Clos des Papes considering the extreme conditions this year. Rich but bright, very complete and pure with no excesses. Vines are typically 30 to 40 years old, spread across 24 parcels. Matured for 12 months in foudres of at least four years of age.

98 Points - Jeb Dunnuck: Tasted out of the bottle, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape is a stunning example of this estate as well as the vintage. Gorgeous kirsch, flowery incense, spice box, and garrigue-like notes define the nose, and it hits the palate with classic Clos des Papes elegance and finesse backed up by a great mid-palate, fabulous concentration, and a monster of a finish. Don’t miss this beauty. It can be enjoyed today with incredible pleasure or cellared for two decades.

The Domain: The "Clos des Papes" estate includes some forty scattered hectares, approximately 80 acres.

There are no fewer than 24 different plots of land, which include some of the most beautiful soils in the Chateauneuf vineyards. The geographical separation of our vineyards enables us to control ripeness at harvest time since each sector does not necessarily reach the exact same stage at the same time. It also allows us to combine different varieties planted to the south. "Clos des Papes makes both red wines and white wines (10% of the production) for long-keeping, using traditional vinification and maturing. As I mentioned previously, our yields are deliberately low (an average of 28hl/hectare). and then undergo further strict sorting, to uphold our quality.