2014 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1238368 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From yields in range of 15 hectoliter per hectare, the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of the 2008 and reveals a healthy ruby color to go with the classic kirsch, dried flowers and spice notes that I always find in Avril’s wines. Showing an almost Pinot Noir-like texture with medium to full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and outstanding length, it will certainly be one of the more approachable, forward wines from this estate, and it should be a low to mid-nineties scoring effort. As I commented in my recent retrospective article, Clos des Pape is one of the reference point estates for traditional, age-worthy Châteauneuf du Pape.(JD)  (10/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Sandy cuvée of 2014 (2/3 of the whole): Very high toned and florally fragrant. Almost light! Very fine, supple tannins. Long with just a suggestion of heat on the finish. Clayey cuvée of 2014 (1/3 of the whole): A little more robust with slightly more marked tannins and a hint of gaminess as a grace note. Round and filling. Blend should really tick all the boxes of a refined Châteauneuf – very different from the old norm! Acidity perceptible. A tentative assemblage emphasised the spicy nature and Grenache characteristics of this famous wine. (JR)  (11/2015)

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Chateauneuf du Pape