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2012 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1211961 97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A stunner, with a gorgeous cassis aroma that soars from the glass, reinforced by a core of cassis, cherry and plum pâte de fruit, hoisin sauce, warm ganache and well-roasted apple wood notes. Hefty, but suave and seamless. The finish lets graphite and licorice elements glide through. The structure is dense, polished and perfectly integrated, resulting in lovely length. Should be a beauty after cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2032. *Top 100 Wines of 2014 (#7), Collectibles* (JM) Inner quote mark (9/2014)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Vincent is incredibly kind when it comes to opening older bottles and I was able to retaste the 2012 Châteauneuf Du Pape, which I think is an underrated vintage. It’s just now starting to round the corner toward its drinking plateau and offers lovely kirsch and blackberry fruits as well as plenty of garrigue and licorice notes. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and seamless, it’s slightly closed on the palate and will benefit from another 2-3 years of bottle age, but it’s a brilliant wine. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Showing no bricking at all, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape is in its early maturity. There's a lovely mushroomy savoriness layered against black cherries and cola, earth and spice. Full-bodied, supple and almost creamy-plush in texture, it's ready to drink now yet should easily go another decade. (JC) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Opaque ruby. Smoky blueberry and cherry compote aromas pick up a peppery nuance with air, along with a suave floral quality. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering sweet, deeply concentrated black and blue fruit flavors and a hint of lavender pastille. Spreads out and becomes spicier on the juicy, penetrating finish, which is framed by supple, slow-building tannins. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2015)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Musky, earthy nose, perhaps a bit of bottle stink? Mushy bramble fruit, plenty of tannin still in place, with fresh acidity providing balance. Not much in the way of development yet, perhaps just a bit of medicinal character starting to emerge. Better harmony than the 2010 for drinking now, although it would definitely benefit from longer to tame those tannins. 17.5/20 points. (RH) Inner quote mark (10/2019)


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