2017 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone, Rhone/southern France FRANCE
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5*, John Livingstone-Learmonth, drinkrhone.com, October 2018
94-96 points, Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, August 2018 18.5 points, Richard Hemming, jancisrobinson.com, November 2018
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Media Reviews

John Livingstone-Learmonth

Full, dark red colour. Blackberry, cedary cigar smoke, violets mix attractively together on the nose. Black raisin and date airs show along with fragrance – that floral touch important. There’s a good cool thread all along the palate, which carries good spine, runs really straight, has structure with stylish gras potential around it, leading into a smoky, lasting finish which shows pebbly tannins. There are salted moments and a good, complete run here, and this wine’s freshness is superior to most 2017s. The empty glass has an air of cherry stone. 15.3%. `It is a very profound year,` Vincent Avril. Down from 100,000 b to 60,000 b this year. Drink through 2046-50. 5*

Joe Czerwinski

Paul-Vincent Avril and I tasted from several foudres of the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape. Foudre #17 was Syrah-heavy, with plenty of blueberry and blackberry fruit tinged with licorice. Full-bodied and rich, it was also silky and long (93 - 95 points). Number 19 was 55% Grenache and 45% Mourvèdre, more floral Black fruit on the nose, then lovely floral complexity on the finish, lined with sweet spice and dark chocolate. Same feathery tannin. Meaty, savoury length. Crystal clear.
Sample 3 – possible final blend. 45% Grenache, 40% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, plus Muscardin, Counoise and Vaccarèse. Black cherry, wet earth, lovely moss and garrigue with a granitic ferrous edge. Super-smooth tannins – ready to go. Lovely, long, leathery finish with savoury, charred meat to finish. 18.5 points

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