1998 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1026195 98 points Decanter

 A hot vintage in the Rhone, good in the north but even better in the South, particularly in Châteauneuf. Very much plum in colour, this has aromas of spices, sweet earth and a touch of black cherry amongst the strawberry and plum fruits. It's silky on the full-bodied palate, with sweet fruit and some gentle balsamic notes. It's remarkably tannic still for its age, with good acidity, and even at nearly 20 years of age nothing is sticking out or ungainly - it displays impressive balance. (MW)  (10/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator

 Has a mature brick hint at the rim, but this is still very youthful, with an elegant, silky core of red and black currant fruit that holds the upper hand over the garrigue, graphite and licorice notes. The long, very fine-grained finish lets an alluring incense note peek in. A beauty, this is all about finesse and should cruise in the cellar.--1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. (JM)  (9/2007)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 While certainly lighter weight than other vintages of this cuvee, the 1998 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape still highlights the hallmark Clos des Papes elegance and poise with sweet kirsch, garrigue, Asian spice, and licorice aromatics and flavors. Medium bodied and drinking beautifully, this shines on its overall seamlessness and subtlety.  (3/2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a vintage called a 'Grenache year' by Paul-Vincent, the 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape is atypically medium-bodied and supple, with an endearing, drink-me-now feel in its sweet fruits, cedar, spice, mint and charcuterie-laced aromas and flavors. Pretty, classy and balanced, it's another wine I'd lean toward drinking soon rather than later. (JD)  (8/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Chocolate, hay, coffee, cooked red fruit, wonderfully nuanced and perfumed with great persistence. The tannin is just right – firm and supportive, but not too grainy. Plenty of alcohol on the finish, but it stays in harmony. Masterful. 18/20 points. Drink through 2035. (RH)  (10/2018)

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Rhone Blends



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- 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