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2007 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (375ml)

SKU #1052006 99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark It is unquestionably one of the great Chateauneufs of my lifetime, and I suspect it will merit a three digit score after another 3-4 years of cellaring. The blend is generally 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and the rest small amounts of Muscardin, Vaccarese, Counoise, and Syrah. It exhibits what is probably the deepest color I have ever seen here, and the finished alcohol is a high (for Clos des Papes) 15.5%. Still slightly restrained because of its recent bottling, but wow, what potential complexity, mind-boggling richness, and compelling flavor profile are apparent. It is a sublime expression of the art of winemaking as evidenced by its dense purple color and big, sweet kiss of kirsch, framboise, blackberries, licorice, roasted herbs, and smoked meat. It hits the palate with a fascinating combination of substance, power, full-bodied authority yet extraordinary freshness, elegance, and precision. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring, and watch it unleash its glory over the next three decades. This is a prodigious wine of great quality from one of the most important reference point estates in Chateauneuf du Pape. Inner quote mark (10/2009)

97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Absolutely stunning, with a deep well of crème de cassis that's thoroughly pure and captivating, while black tea, fig cake, hoisin sauce, incense and graphite notes weave throughout. The supervelvety finish lets blackberry, boysenberry and crushed cherry fruit take an encore--as if this needed any more fruit. A fantastic display of precision in a very opulent year. Inner quote mark (10/2009)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep ruby. Powerful, pungent aromas of kirsch, dark berries, smoky herbs and spicecake, with notes of black olive and tobacco coming on with air. Chewy, palate-staining dark fruit flavors are complicated by bitter chocolate, licorice and black cardamom. Acts like a 2005 today, with serious structure but also superb depth of powerful, densely packed fruit. Inner quote mark (2/2010)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 5% Counoise. Lightly spiced dark fruit, so elegant. Some coffee/chocolate notes. Silky already, intense but slides across the palate. Dry, taut and such fine tannins. Great elegance and persistence and very little sign of the alcohol. 18/20 points. Inner quote mark (9/2010)

K&L Notes

Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at the Grenache Symposium. A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cournoise, cropped at 25hl/ha and matured for 12 months in 40hl casks, this is a stunning ’07. The bouquet has an exquisite lightness of touch: very feminine and refined with wild strawberry, game, cloves and sloe. The palate is sensual and enticing, with allspice and fruitcake inflecting the entry, lovely balance and refinement with a saline tang on the finish. Simply wonderful. Drink now-2020+ Tasted June 2010." 96 points.

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