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Clos des Papes 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape*** 750ml 2012
Sku: 43332
Product Rating
Critics Ratings:     (2)
Product Information
Country: France
Region: Rhone
Sub-Region: Southern Rhone
Appellation: Chateauneuf du Pape
Grape Varietal: Red Rhone Blend
Type: Still wine
 
Reg. $149.99

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Wine Advocate 98 points - Moving to the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape, this is a vintage that’s loved by Paul-Vincent, and one that he compares to 2005. Hitting 15.4% alcohol, it has gorgeous richness and depth, with the hallmark elegance of the estate. Kirsch, blackberry, licorice, spice and floral notes all emerge from the glass, and it builds on the palate with superb concentration, integrated acidity and sweet tannin. Paul-Vincent commented that he thinks this will close down quickly. Nevertheless its balance, tannin and overall equilibrium will keep it drinking nicely through 2032.

Steve Tanzer 95 points - A stunner, with a gorgeous cassis aroma that soars from the glass, reinforced by a core of cherry and plum pate 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. -James Molesworth Wine Spectator 2014 Top 100 #7

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