1998 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1026195 96 points Wine Spectator

 Has a mature brick hint at the rim, but this is still very youthful, with an elegant, silky core of red and black currant fruit that holds the upper hand over the garrigue, graphite and licorice notes. The long, very fine-grained finish lets an alluring incense note peek in. A beauty, this is all about finesse and should cruise in the cellar.--1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Drink now through 2027. (JM)  (9/2007)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a vintage called a 'Grenache year' by Paul-Vincent, the 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape is atypically medium-bodied and supple, with an endearing, drink-me-now feel in its sweet fruits, cedar, spice, mint and charcuterie-laced aromas and flavors. Pretty, classy and balanced, it's another wine I'd lean toward drinking soon rather than later. (JD)  (8/2015)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Expressive, very complex aromas of plum, leather, animal fur, minerals and smoke, along with spice and kirsch notes from the mourvedre. Concentrated, smooth and penetrating, thanks to excellent acidity; fresh and youthful. Plenty of volume here, as well as the balance to reward aging (Avril believes the wine will close down for five to seven years). Strong youthfully spicy character. Finishes with fine, dusty tannins and subtle persistence. Doesn't offer the roasted aspect of the most headspinning '98s, but this is quite suave. 90+ (ST)  (2/2001)

Jancis Robinson

 Very rich, spicy and luscious with excellent structure. When it was opened several hours before drinking, it was suspected of displaying a bit of brett but by the time it was served with lunch it was pretty gorgeous and satisfying. Just what you want from a mature Châteauneuf. 18.5/20 points (JR)  (8/2015)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape