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2004 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1025177 96 points Wine Spectator

 Amazingly refined, with a pure, silky current of raspberry ganache and cassis flavors that glides along supple tannins. Hints of mocha, mineral and garrigue check in on the long, pure finish. Has serious structure for the long haul. All about balance and finesse. Drink now through 2030. *Highly Recommended, #11 on the Top 100 of 2006* (JM)  (11/2006)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape has drunk well for most of its life and has tons of charm. Sweet cherries, kirsch, olive, spice, cured meats and licorice all emerge from this mature, elegant and layered Chateauneuf du Pape that's ideal for drinking over the coming 7-8 years. (JD)  (9/2015)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Seeming to always show well, the 2004 Clos des Papes is a textbook, classically styled Châteauneuf that boasts gorgeously complex aromas (spice, licorice, saddle leather, kirsch), medium body, a silky, elegant texture, and plenty of length on the finish. While open and evolved aromatically and drinking beautifully, this should continue to hold for another decade.  (9/2011)

94 points Vinous

 Deep ruby. Pungent spice and floral notes accent bright red berry and cherry aromas. Deep, fleshy and sweet, with musky underbrush and garrigue adding complexity to the bright, intense red berry flavors. Very rich, in fact one of the more powerful wines of the vintage, with excellent depth and sweetness. The finish is chewy and strikingly long. Avril compares this one to 1995 in quality. (JR)  (2/2007)

Jancis Robinson

 Perfumed violet and mushroom on the nose with sweet coffee scent and still-youthful redcurrant fruit on the palate. The tannin still has some fierceness on the palate, which gives a firm handshake on the finish. That tannin seems to have longer to go before it integrates fully with the rest of the wine. Drink now-2034. (RH)  (10/2017)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape