Dark, inviting and very alluring, with captivating black tea, charred mesquite and kirsch aromas and flavors allied to a remarkably silky mouthfeel. Superlong, with mineral, violet, pepper and additional crushed cherry and plum fruit notes all gliding through the finish. Best from 2011 through 2027. (JM)
A consistent showing by the 2008 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape and this continues to offer upfront, immediate appeal, with perfumed, complex aromatics, a medium to full-bodied, supple mouth feel, and no shortage of length on the finish. Despite the approachable nature here, it has excellent tannin and grip. While a superb drink now, this delicious, burgundian styled Châteauneuf-du-Pape will evolve gracefully for another decade or more.
Undoubtedly one of the best Châteauneufs of the vintage, Clos des Papes's 2008 Châteauneuf du Pape was in surprisingly fine form. Full-bodied but wonderfully silky with age, it shows developing aromas and flavors of tree bark, cola, dried spices, red cherries and white button mushrooms. While I wouldn't expect it to last forever, it should provide delicious drinking over the next 5 years or so. It was made from tiny yields of 16 hectoliters per hectare and reached 14.7% alcohol in what was a challenging vintage in the Southern Rhône. (JC)
Bright ruby. A heady bouquet displays fresh red berries, sandalwood, dried flowers and a hint of baking spices. Creamy in texture, with lively acidity lifting sweet red and dark berry and candied rose flavors. Becomes sappier with air and finishes with very good clarity and lingering spiciness. Avril thinks this wine will surprise people with its ability to age. (JR)
Dusty, dried spice nose with lots of energy. Lovely sweetness and fluidity. Already fun to drink with an edge of animal but no suggestion of brett. Very clean and fruity and sweet. Transparent. Already lovely. And somehow it seems refreshing. Drink 2014-2025. 18/20 Points (JR)
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