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New Release: Potential 100-Point "Effortlessly Brilliant" Clos des Papes '16 - 01/29/2018 - Rhone Valley

Think for a minute on this combination: start with an incredible vintage, combine it with potential 100-point score, and add a world-class, fan-favorite producer with decades of pedigree. If this were nearly any other region, a sub-$100 pricepoint would be nearly impossible to achieve. Enter the magnificent 2016 Clos des Papes, one of the most exciting opportunities in a vintage of epic proportions.

It is also worth considering that current pricing on vintages of this stature (2010 and 2007, for example) currently sell for 50% more than this release price. It is simply one of the best opportunities on a flagship wine from a banner vintage, and one that will thrill collectors for years to come. Especially those who get in early.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 100 $99.99 View
2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape(1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 100 $199.99 View
2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape(3.0L) (Pre-Arrival) 100 $479.99 View


2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($99.99)

97-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Paul-Vincent is going to be beauty! As is normal I was able to taste through numerous foudre of different blends, as well as a foudre of the final blend, all of the samples showed distinct, rich, even opulent profile, terrific purity and ripe backbones. The final cuvee shows the classic sweet core of fruit thats the hallmark of this estate, as well as notable complexity in its peppery herbs, dried flowers, scorched earth and graphite aromas and flavors. This is a darker fruited cuvee than normal, and I suspect its going to rival the 2007 and 2010." (12/2017)

98 points Decanter: "Yields are always low at Clos des Papes, but this was Vincent Avril's biggest harvest since 2007, with yields of 25hl/ha. A tasting of various different blends highlighted the part played by each main variety, but the final blend shows a young wine that is already aromatically harmonious, bright and detailed. It's fuller-bodied than an average vintage, deep yet fresh. It has a powerful tannic and acidic framework this year, but the wine is very well balanced and very long, with a sublime freshness. An effortlessly brilliant Clos des Papes.Drinking Window 2024 - 2040.(MW)" (10/2017)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Paul-Vincent Avril and I tasted his 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape from several different foudres, including number 30, which he said best approximated the final blend. It boasts everything you could ever want in a full-bodied red: complex garrigue and anise notes, a blend of cherry, peach and blueberry fruit, a lush, creamy texture and a long finish. With its power and concentration, it should age well for at least two decades. Because there are fewer wines to taste at Clos des PapesPaul-Vincent Avril steadfastly produces only a single white and a single red Châteauneuf du Papethere is more time to talk. "I love Burgundy," he says, and that preference is reflected in the wines. On the other hand, "Maturity for Grenache is never under 14.5%, but it's not at 16% or 17% for me." He also allows that it's not all about Grenache, saying that complexity comes from blending varieties and sites, which he often does in the same fermentation vats. There's no oak used for the whites because he feels the wines lose too much freshness. For the reds, it was instructive to taste through various foudres to see the differences that varietal makeup and site can have on the wines. He compares 2016 to 2010 and 1990, while 2015 he likens to 2005 and 1978. You won't be disappointed in whichever one you choose.(JC)" (10/2017)

2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape(1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) ($199.99)

97-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Paul-Vincent is going to be beauty! As is normal I was able to taste through numerous foudre of different blends, as well as a foudre of the final blend, all of the samples showed distinct, rich, even opulent profile, terrific purity and ripe backbones. The final cuvee shows the classic sweet core of fruit thats the hallmark of this estate, as well as notable complexity in its peppery herbs, dried flowers, scorched earth and graphite aromas and flavors. This is a darker fruited cuvee than normal, and I suspect its going to rival the 2007 and 2010." (12/2017)

98 points Decanter: "Yields are always low at Clos des Papes, but this was Vincent Avril's biggest harvest since 2007, with yields of 25hl/ha. A tasting of various different blends highlighted the part played by each main variety, but the final blend shows a young wine that is already aromatically harmonious, bright and detailed. It's fuller-bodied than an average vintage, deep yet fresh. It has a powerful tannic and acidic framework this year, but the wine is very well balanced and very long, with a sublime freshness. An effortlessly brilliant Clos des Papes.Drinking Window 2024-2040. (MW)" (10/2017)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Paul-Vincent Avril and I tasted his 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape from several different foudres, including number 30, which he said best approximated the final blend. It boasts everything you could ever want in a full-bodied red: complex garrigue and anise notes, a blend of cherry, peach and blueberry fruit, a lush, creamy texture and a long finish. With its power and concentration, it should age well for at least two decades. Because there are fewer wines to taste at Clos des PapesPaul-Vincent Avril steadfastly produces only a single white and a single red Châteauneuf du Papethere is more time to talk. "I love Burgundy," he says, and that preference is reflected in the wines. On the other hand, "Maturity for Grenache is never under 14.5%, but it's not at 16% or 17% for me." He also allows that it's not all about Grenache, saying that complexity comes from blending varieties and sites, which he often does in the same fermentation vats. There's no oak used for the whites because he feels the wines lose too much freshness. For the reds, it was instructive to taste through various foudres to see the differences that varietal makeup and site can have on the wines. He compares 2016 to 2010 and 1990, while 2015 he likens to 2005 and 1978. You won't be disappointed in whichever one you choose. (JC)" (10/2017)

2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape(3.0L) (Pre-Arrival) - 4 available ($479.99)

97-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Paul-Vincent is going to be beauty! As is normal I was able to taste through numerous foudre of different blends, as well as a foudre of the final blend, all of the samples showed distinct, rich, even opulent profile, terrific purity and ripe backbones. The final cuvee shows the classic sweet core of fruit thats the hallmark of this estate, as well as notable complexity in its peppery herbs, dried flowers, scorched earth and graphite aromas and flavors. This is a darker fruited cuvee than normal, and I suspect its going to rival the 2007 and 2010." (12/2017)

98 points Decanter: "Yields are always low at Clos des Papes, but this was Vincent Avril's biggest harvest since 2007, with yields of 25hl/ha. A tasting of various different blends highlighted the part played by each main variety, but the final blend shows a young wine that is already aromatically harmonious, bright and detailed. It's fuller-bodied than an average vintage, deep yet fresh. It has a powerful tannic and acidic framework this year, but the wine is very well balanced and very long, with a sublime freshness. An effortlessly brilliant Clos des Papes.Drinking Window 2024 - 2040.(MW)" (10/2017)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Paul-Vincent Avril and I tasted his 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape from several different foudres, including number 30, which he said best approximated the final blend. It boasts everything you could ever want in a full-bodied red: complex garrigue and anise notes, a blend of cherry, peach and blueberry fruit, a lush, creamy texture and a long finish. With its power and concentration, it should age well for at least two decades. Because there are fewer wines to taste at Clos des PapesPaul-Vincent Avril steadfastly produces only a single white and a single red Châteauneuf du Papethere is more time to talk. "I love Burgundy," he says, and that preference is reflected in the wines. On the other hand, "Maturity for Grenache is never under 14.5%, but it's not at 16% or 17% for me." He also allows that it's not all about Grenache, saying that complexity comes from blending varieties and sites, which he often does in the same fermentation vats. There's no oak used for the whites because he feels the wines lose too much freshness. For the reds, it was instructive to taste through various foudres to see the differences that varietal makeup and site can have on the wines. He compares 2016 to 2010 and 1990, while 2015 he likens to 2005 and 1978. You won't be disappointed in whichever one you choose.(JC)" (10/2017)