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2012 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape RP--95 WS--97 AG--95


Item Description: This bottle is in new condition with no known issues

Tasting Notes

Wine Spectator: 97 Points
A stunner, with a gorgeous cassis aroma that soars from the glass, reinforced by a core of cherry and plum p‚te 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. 6,000 cases made.Ě - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Robert Parker: 95 Points
The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape has a deep ruby/purple color, identical alcohol to the 2006, and the same pH, but it is a much more tannic wine and the acids seem slightly more elevated, even though the analysis says they are not. A complex nose of resiny pine forest notes intermixed with black raspberry, sweet kirsch, licorice and lavender jumps from the glass of this deep ruby/purple-colored wine. Full-bodied, powerful, rich, and tannic, this wine begs for 4-5 years of bottle age and should keep for 25 years. In short, you cant go wrong with either of these vintages, although the 2006 will provide more up-front charm, and the window for drinking it will be just as long as the 2005. Patience will be required for the 2005.Ě ó Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

Antonio Galloni's Notes: 95 Points
Vincent is incredibly kind when it comes to opening older bottles and I was able to retaste the 2012 Ch‚teauneuf Du Pape, which I think is an underrated vintage. Itís 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, itís slightly closed on the palate and will benefit from another 2-3 years of bottle age, but itís a brilliant wine. Jeb Dunnuck

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