2019 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1518896 98 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Bright and floral on the nose. The tannins are extremely fine, almost imperceptible, but very much present, giving the wine a strong base for long ageing. It's perfectly balanced, long and deep, resulting in a rich but surprisingly classic vintage of Clos des Papes considering the extreme conditions this year. Rich but bright, very complete and pure with no excesses. Vines are typically 30 to 40 years old, spread across 24 parcels. Matured for 12 months in foudres of at least four years of age. (MW) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Tasted out of bottle, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape is a stunning example of this estate as well as the vintage. Gorgeous kirsch, flowery incense, spice box, and garrigue-like notes define the nose, and it hits the palate with classic Clos des Papes elegance and finesse backed up by a great mid-palate, fabulous concentration, and a monster of a finish. Don’t miss this beauty. It can be enjoyed today with incredible pleasure or cellared for two decades. Inner quote mark (11/2021)

97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is a stunner, offering a gorgeous core of black tea-infused cassis, plum reduction and raspberry purée flavors. Additional black licorice, black tea and incense notes emerge alongside the fruit on the long, lush, seductive finish, which is harnessed by a graphite frame. A very confidently rendered wine. (JM) Inner quote mark (10/2021)

K&L Notes

John Livingstone Learmonth The Cradle of the Rhone: "dark red; the nose is deep, closed, gives a note of blackberry jam, prune with steady density, has real inner depth, just a hint of mineral within. The palate summons prolonged forces of red fruits, mulberry, has a lot of intensity, digs in, holds a black fruit firmness from the Mourvèdre, smoky channels, notes of leather, licorice towards the finish. It’s an upstanding wine, very well structured. There’s a liaison with 1990, an upping of the latter’s internal depth. The finish is very thorough. It’s very complete, a classic for game and sauced dishes, is close to ******. “It’s a big Mourvèdre year, shows black fruits, blackberries; 2019 is more fine than 2016, has the same matter, power; it’s more classic Châteauneuf than 2020, but I wouldn’t want it every year,” V Avril. Bottled May 2021. From 2028. 2053-55 Oct 2021."

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