2012 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Origin
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone, Rhone/southern France FRANCE
Colour
red
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Grenache/Garnacha
Farming Style
biodynamic
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
drink or keep
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
6
Alcohol
15%
Wine Score
95 points, Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, Aug 2019
96 points, Jeb Dunnock, robertparker.com, Oct 2014
94 points, Josh Raynolds, vinousmedia.com, Apr 2015
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2012 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Media Reviews

Joe Czerwinski

Showing no bricking at all, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape is in its early maturity. There`s a lovely mushroomy savoriness layered against black cherries and cola, earth and spice. Full-bodied, supple and almost creamy-plush in texture, it`s ready to drink now yet should easily go another decade. 95 points

Jeb Dunnock

Moving to the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape, this is a vintage that’s loved by Paul-Vincent, and one that he compares to 2005. Hitting 15.4% alcohol, it has gorgeous richness and depth, with the hallmark elegance of the estate. Kirsch, blackberry, licorice, spice and floral notes all emerge from the glass, and it builds on the palate with superb concentration, integrated acidity and sweet tannin. Paul-Vincent commented that he thinks this will close down quickly. Nevertheless its balance, tannin and overall equilibrium will keep it drinking nicely through 2032. 96 points

Josh Raynolds

Opaque ruby. Smoky blueberry and cherry compote aromas pick up a peppery nuance with air, along with a suave floral quality. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering sweet, deeply concentrated black and blue fruit flavors and a hint of lavender pastille. Spreads out and becomes spicier on the juicy, penetrating finish, which is framed by supple, slow-building tannins. 94 points