2007 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1056978 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Showing the quality of the vintage, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is an incredible wine. Possessing the classic kirsch liqueur, incense, flowers and licorice aromas and flavors that always show here, it flows onto the palate with a jaw dropping good texture that carries massive amounts of fruit, beautiful mid-palate concentration and a layered, silky feel. It's hard to resist now, but it will be better in another couple years. (JD)  (8/2014)

92 points James Suckling

 I like Châteauneuf-du-Papes like this that are not overdone. This is really balanced. Spicy and rich, with meat and dark berries. Blackpepper too. Full bodied, with soft tannins that turn velvety and caressing. So much going on.  (2/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Superripe and friendly, but also sleek and refined, with a gorgeous mouthfeel to the black currant, crushed plum and black cherry fruit, all laid over black tea and shiso leaf notes. The finish is long and perfumy. (Web Only—2009)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark ruby. Ripe dark berries and cherry on the nose, with complicating notes of anise and musky herbs. Fleshy, gently sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors are firmed by fine-grained tannins that fade into the fruit on the back end. Very smooth and seamless in texture, with very good closing sweetness and spicy persistence. (JR)  (2/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Middling healthy ruby. Rudely healthy exuberant fruit. Open, easy, delightedly healthy, ripe fruit. Lots of fun here. And neither tannins nor alcohol are aggressive. Fresh finish.  (12/2008)

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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