2008 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1061275 95 points Wine Spectator

 Dark, inviting and very alluring, with captivating black tea, charred mesquite and kirsch aromas and flavors allied to a remarkably silky mouthfeel. Superlong, with mineral, violet, pepper and additional crushed cherry and plum fruit notes all gliding through the finish. Best from 2011 through 2027. (JM)  (10/2010)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A consistent showing by the 2008 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape and this continues to offer upfront, immediate appeal, with perfumed, complex aromatics, a medium to full-bodied, supple mouth feel, and no shortage of length on the finish. Despite the approachable nature here, it has excellent tannin and grip. While a superb drink now, this delicious, burgundian styled Châteauneuf-du-Pape will evolve gracefully for another decade or more.  (9/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Undoubtedly one of the best Châteauneufs of the vintage, Clos des Papes's 2008 Châteauneuf du Pape was in surprisingly fine form. Full-bodied but wonderfully silky with age, it shows developing aromas and flavors of tree bark, cola, dried spices, red cherries and white button mushrooms. While I wouldn't expect it to last forever, it should provide delicious drinking over the next 5 years or so. It was made from tiny yields of 16 hectoliters per hectare and reached 14.7% alcohol in what was a challenging vintage in the Southern Rhône. (JC)  (8/2018)

91 points Vinous

 Bright ruby. A heady bouquet displays fresh red berries, sandalwood, dried flowers and a hint of baking spices. Creamy in texture, with lively acidity lifting sweet red and dark berry and candied rose flavors. Becomes sappier with air and finishes with very good clarity and lingering spiciness. Avril thinks this wine will surprise people with its ability to age. (JR)  (3/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Dusty, dried spice nose with lots of energy. Lovely sweetness and fluidity. Already fun to drink with an edge of animal but no suggestion of brett. Very clean and fruity and sweet. Transparent. Already lovely. And somehow it seems refreshing. Drink 2014-2025. 18/20 Points (JR)  (11/2014)

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Rhone Blends



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- 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

Alcohol Content (%): 15