Just awarded #7 “Wine of the Year” by the Wine Spectator for their fantastic 2012, Clos des Papes is currently one of the hottest estates in Chateauneuf. Winemaker Paul-Vincent Avril balances the modern and traditional, creating a wine which seems to combine the best of Burgundy with the regional characteristics of Chateauneuf; Paul eschews all use of new oak to allow his wines to develop stunning, complex perfumes and supple textures. The blend, which never changes, is made up of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and the remainder a mix of local permitted varieties – this produces the haunting aromatics, colour and weight of Grand Cru Burgundy combined with the concentration, purity of black fruit and richness of texture you would expect of the southern Rhone.
Truly as distinctive a wine from this area as we’ve ever tasted, the 2012 is magical; 2012 in the Rhone is almost 2009-like in quality, but focused on minerality, aromatics and elegance rather than pure power – characteristics which suit Clos des Papes down to the ground. Alcohol levels are also slightly down – which is bound to be a welcome change when you open a bottle and can’t stop drinking!
With the last 11 vintages of Clos des Papes averaging a Parker score of 95.3pts and the 2012 just being awarded 97 points by the Wine Spectator – at just £45 per bottle IB it looks an absolute no-brainer.
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