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2012 Clos Saint-Jean "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1175568 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Similar to the base cuvée, yet with more of everything, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes offers smoking notes of kirsch, black cherry liqueur, ground herbs, licorice and big minerality. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, seamless, pure and exceedingly elegant, all while carrying superb mid-palate concentration, plenty of tannic grip and a blockbuster finish. Drink this brilliant 2012 over the coming decade or more. This 120 acres estate, under the leadership of the Maurel brothers and oenologist Philippe Cambie, continues to fashion some of the most profound wines on the planet. (JD) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A dark, loamy style, with warm tar and espresso notes underscoring the core of black Mission fig, Black Forest cake and steeped plum fruit. Hints of juniper and singed alder add texture and contrast on the finish. Inner quote mark (8/2014)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Inky ruby. Heady, mineral-accented aromas of blueberry, cherry compote, lavender and cola, with a smoky nuance building in the glass. Palate-staining dark berry flavors pick up notes of white pepper and licorice as the wine opens in the glass. This powerful yet nimble Châteauneuf finishes with very good clarity and silky tannins that add gentle grip. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2015)

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