2010 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1084643 99 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Checking in at 15.9% Alcohol and incredibly concentrated, powerful, and yet elegant, the 2010 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one for the ages and sports a deep purple, almost opaque color to go with spectacular aromas of kirsch, blackberry, licorice, ground pepper, and Asian spice on the nose. Always a blend of roughly 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah that is aged in neutral oak foudre, this hits the palate with a full-bodied, thick texture that carries masses of finely polished tannin, layers of fruit, and integrated acidity that keeps everything fresh and vibrant through the finish. This is not for those seeking instant gratification and will need 7-8 years to integrate and flesh out, nevertheless, it is a monumental red that every Châteauneuf-du-Pape lover needs to have in the cellar. (JD) 99+  (9/2012)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Mind blowing stuff, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is most likely the greatest wine ever from this estate. Still inky colored, it has a powerful, slightly backward feel in its crushed rocks, cassis, kirsch, toasted spice, licorice and dried flower-like aromas and flavors. Massively concentrated, thick, rich and textured, it delivers a serious lashing of tannin, yet nevertheless is perfectly balanced, ultra-pure, precise and long. It's the quintessential Clos des Papes and will have 30+ years of longevity. Note, yields were a miniscule 16 hectoliters per hectare, so there's not much of this out there. (JD) 99+  (9/2015)

98 points Wine Spectator

 *#4 Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2012, Collectible* Lots of cocoa powder and coffee frame a massive block of dark plum, black currant and fig fruit, while massively endowed tannins stride from start to finish. Cassis, anise and Lapsang souchong tea notes hang in the background for now, but should emerge more with extended cellaring. The very dark, almost brooding finish is dominated by charcoal-coated grip, but the purity still wins out in the end. A very, very large wine. Best from 2017 through 2035.  (10/2012)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky ruby. Potent, intensely perfumed aromas on raspberry liqueur, cherry-cola, anise and smoky garrigue. Spicy and incisive, offering palate-staining red and dark berry flavors that become richer with air. Shows a superb balance of richness and vivacity, with dusty tannins giving grip to a long, spice- and floral-dominated finish. One of the top wines from the entire Rhone from this outstanding vintage. (JR)  (2/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Very dark purple. Very dense and silky (the 2009 is now closed and this one will surely close up more as it’s already on the way to doing so). Lots of black fruits on the nose (c’est très kirsché, says Avril approvingly) and a hint of animal and masses of matter. Lots of tannin and a bit of alcohol on the end. Needs lots of time. Very deep and long. (19/20 points)  (2/2013)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/17/2013 | Send Email
What does greatness cost? In the Rhône it costs $159.99 a bottle. If you want a truly magical experience you can’t go wrong with Clos des Papes; this wine hits on all cylinders.

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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