Clos des Papes

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend

9.31218 ratings
9.2294 pro ratings
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France
Red Rhone Blend
Tomato-Based, Pasta, Salami & Prosciutto, Mushrooms, Onion, Pungent Cheese, Venison, Hard Cheese, Lamb, Pork, Beef
Top Notes For
Josh Morgenthau

Aromas wafted from the bottle as soon as it was opened. Sweet exotic red fruits- pomegranate, herbs and spices- cinnamon, balsam- reminiscent of a Mediterranean bazaar. And for all the seductive sweetness, the purity of the fruit and the acid at the core makes this particularly special.

Best consumed in the first several hours of opening when perfume is most intense.

Aromas wafted from the bottle as soon as it was opened. Sweet exotic red fruits- pomegranate, herbs and spices- cinnamon, balsam- reminiscent of a Mediterranean bazaar. And for all the seductive sweetness, the purity of the fruit and the acid at the core makes this particularly special.

Best consumed in the first several hours of opening when perfume is most intense.

Oct 28th, 2021
Matt

Fully mature and integrated CNDP, it’s heavily spiced, earth-driven, progressed fruit framed by savory elements. Prune, stewed cherry, strawberry confiture, tobacco, leather, forest soil, hung meat, cinnamon, dried herbs.

Fully mature and integrated CNDP, it’s heavily spiced, earth-driven, progressed fruit framed by savory elements. Prune, stewed cherry, strawberry confiture, tobacco, leather, forest soil, hung meat, cinnamon, dried herbs.

Jul 25th, 2021
Tor Kenward

Nailed the vintage. Showing well today. Got muscle for a good 10 or more. Bravo

Nailed the vintage. Showing well today. Got muscle for a good 10 or more. Bravo

Apr 3rd, 2021
Mike Saviage

Tawny purple color, with a great nose. Notes of plums, herbs, earth and pepper. Great fruit and overall impact in the mouth. In a great drinking window.

Tawny purple color, with a great nose. Notes of plums, herbs, earth and pepper. Great fruit and overall impact in the mouth. In a great drinking window.

Mar 31st, 2021
Bob McDonald

Dark Ruby in colour. Very gamey with barnyard notes but no Brett no bandaid. On the palate raspberry notes - sweetish. Medium plus intensity with medium minus very fine savoury tannins. Love these aged CdPs but sometimes earlier consumption gives more fruit and less smelly savouriness. It boils down to individual choice. I have some 2007 CdPs (a good vintage) which I will have a closer look at in Autumn and Winter. One of the 1001 Wines.

Dark Ruby in colour. Very gamey with barnyard notes but no Brett no bandaid. On the palate raspberry notes - sweetish. Medium plus intensity with medium minus very fine savoury tannins. Love these aged CdPs but sometimes earlier consumption gives more fruit and less smelly savouriness. It boils down to individual choice. I have some 2007 CdPs (a good vintage) which I will have a closer look at in Autumn and Winter. One of the 1001 Wines.

Feb 14th, 2021
Tor Kenward

2012

2012

Feb 10th, 2021
Matt

Alright here we go. This was smashing with broiled flatirons. Rustic, soulful, mature and drinking great. Soaked prune, date, roasted red fruit. Its very meaty, grilled beef, leather, brandy, cloves, licorice, Ceylon cinnamon, allspice, some cooling elements there. Fine grained tannin, complex on its departure, great length.

Alright here we go. This was smashing with broiled flatirons. Rustic, soulful, mature and drinking great. Soaked prune, date, roasted red fruit. Its very meaty, grilled beef, leather, brandy, cloves, licorice, Ceylon cinnamon, allspice, some cooling elements there. Fine grained tannin, complex on its departure, great length.

Jan 16th, 2021
Conrad Green

Powerful, plush, intense. Broad sweet fruit. Very good

Powerful, plush, intense. Broad sweet fruit. Very good

Dec 17th, 2020
Conrad Green

A gorgeous intense nose of plum, kirsch, violets. Quite hot and sweet with real depth of flavor. Quite primary still but opening up

A gorgeous intense nose of plum, kirsch, violets. Quite hot and sweet with real depth of flavor. Quite primary still but opening up

Nov 23rd, 2020
Shay A
9.3

I opened this as part of a virtual Clos de Papes tasting with the WNH. Other vintages opened were 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2015.

After a two hour decant, this was still quite thin. Hour three it opened and finally in hour four it blossomed. Aromatically this was full of kirsch, licorice, herbs de Provence and a soft spicy red fruit profile. On the palate, the dominant note is very much black peppercorn crusted rhubarb. Crunchy and tart red and black fruit profile with a slightly sweet and lengthy finish. There was a distinct cherry liqueur and fig note with high acidity. Good lift here. Definitely zero funk. With this needing a couple hours to open, I’d say this is just now entering a prime drinking window with a lengthy window ahead.

I opened this as part of a virtual Clos de Papes tasting with the WNH. Other vintages opened were 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2015.

After a two hour decant, this was still quite thin. Hour three it opened and finally in hour four it blossomed. Aromatically this was full of kirsch, licorice, herbs de Provence and a soft spicy red fruit profile. On the palate, the dominant note is very much black peppercorn crusted rhubarb. Crunchy and tart red and black fruit profile with a slightly sweet and lengthy finish. There was a distinct cherry liqueur and fig note with high acidity. Good lift here. Definitely zero funk. With this needing a couple hours to open, I’d say this is just now entering a prime drinking window with a lengthy window ahead.

Nov 20th, 2020