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1990 Clos du Mont Olivet "Cuvee du Papet" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1001367 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This wine's evolution has been surprising. Believe me, if I had known it was going to develop into a nearly perfect wine, I would have bought more. The dark ruby color reveals slight lightening at the edge. Stunning aromatics offer up classic Chateauneuf du Pape aromas of balsam wood, garrigue, kirsch liqueur, blackberries, and pepper. An extraordinarily voluptuously-textured effort, with layers of concentration, no sense of heaviness, mouth-staining levels of richness, and more than 14.5% alcohol, this astonishing wine proves what old vine Grenache can achieve. Given its vigor, exuberance, and extraordinary richness, this wine has remarkable freshness for such size and power. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2000)

K&L Notes

95 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "A deep ruby hue with thin tawny rim. The nose is reluctant at first, before delivering a quite primal bouquet of cherry liqueur, kirsch, cassis and figs. Anticipating a full-bodied, perhaps hedonistic palate, I am surprised how elegant and well defined this Chateauneuf-du-Pape is, surprisingly backward although there is certainly an extraordinary amount of puissance of richness coiled up inside." (12/1999)

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