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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 80 
ProducerClos des Papes (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
SubRegionSouthern Rhône

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2020 (based on 86 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 386 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by beatles on 7/23/2015 & rated 93 points: Happy to report, that normal service has been resumed here, quite elegant, intense with kirsch and garrigue, this certainly has the vintage characteristics - but is still much to young - in a sort of middle stage. Quite surely, this will become even more elegant and light on its feet. (696 views)
 Tasted by Billigan on 7/19/2015: Lovely nose of crushed berries, smoke, and a whiff of caramel. Balanced and elegant on the palate, if showing a bit less structure and more maturity than I would have imagined given the vintage. (719 views)
 Tasted by isaacjamesbaker on 7/19/2015 & rated 95 points: Rhone Tasting: A bit primal at first, but even two hours does wonders for this beauty. Nose of raspberry jam, cherries, roses, rhubarb. Pure, juicy and silky despite the power, this is an elegant wine with lots to show: anise, caramel, smoke, earth, roasted herbs. Long and beautiful, a rich approach but oh so pretty. So much life ahead. (924 views)
 Tasted by sandroyd on 7/15/2015 & rated 94 points: This is a wine that always surprises; decanted from a magnum for friends at the weekend recently it immediately received gasps of approval from its sheer succulence of fruit, a deep sway (already) of blackcurrant and fig on the nose followed by that lovely clean and velvetty raspberry gush. This is a wine that pleasures the senses, allowing you to get more comfortable in the chair whilst you ponder its integrity and verve. Lovely fruitiness and a long finish. Superb. And it's not really ready yet............I shall give this another two years before broaching the next, of three, magnums at a special occasion. (867 views)
 Tasted by Enfantterrible on 6/19/2015 & rated 91 points: Decanted and drunk over 1.5 hours. Autumnal wine. Nose and mouth have a slightly brownish tinge, with notes of compost behind the lovely garrigue. Excellent bottle. Tannins have fully melted, leaving fine layered structure behind. I'll drink remaining bottles slowly over the next 3 years (1126 views)
 Tasted by beatles on 5/4/2015: Somewhat tired and oxidated - not corked, but over the hill - same impression on day 2; an off bottle, I fear (or hope). #celebratingblindtastingchampionship) (1866 views)
 Tasted by Jack on 4/24/2015 & rated 96 points: Beautiful. One of my favs and the best showing so far. (1620 views)
 Tasted by mmorrissette on 3/20/2015 & rated 93 points: Pop and Pour. Color showing some signs of aging--lighter brick tones. Nose was outstanding. This is drinking extremely well now, and should be great for a couple of more years. (2243 views)
 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 3/13/2015 & rated 96 points: This wine was double-decanted, initially through Vinturi, followed by three hours in decanter prior to funneling back into the cleaned bottle. It was then presented in double-blind fashion to our Friday tasting group. My taste was unblinded. Medium-to-deep garnet in color, it continues to show excellent depth, complexity and ripeness. Kirsch, blood orange, mulling spice, sage and garrigue aromas precede a fresh, full-bodied, silky-textured palate with comparable flavors. The tannins are soft and the alcohol (listed as 14%) is nicely integrated. Very long on the finish, this is a wine which is in its sweet spot. It should last longer than I previously predicted. Drink now-2020. (2074 views)
 Tasted by djdaqm on 3/8/2015 & rated 94 points: A bit of funk on the nose (mild barnyard) that was very interesting. Becoming well integrated with nice balance of acidity, smoothing tannins, and good concentration. Tangy grape flavors with nice complexity and developing flavors across the palate. Nice wine. (1895 views)
 Tasted by Cote d'Or on 3/1/2015: PopnPour, tasted over 3 hrs. Minimal clearing/bricking. Nicely aromatic nose still fresh with red fruits and a whiff of age. Lighter weight with good balancing acidity, remnants of red fruit and kirsch intertwined with some mature elements finishing with trace heat and scant residual chalky tannins. Elegant red-fruited CdP planted firmly on a maturity plateau. (1839 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 2/24/2015: Junguenet bottling. Muddled red. Muted raspberry with some herbs. Medium weight, lacking a bit in texture, ripe but subdued red fruit, excellent acidity and minerality. This particular bottle was not one of the better ones I've had over the last year but was a definite throwback to when Clos des Papes was a leaner, more Bordeaux-like style of Chateauneuf-nobody would confuse it with the 2003! Recent bottles have had brighter fruit, though. I hope it is not at the point of drying out since there are plenty more where this came from. (2075 views)
 Tasted by jlm on 2/14/2015: Drinking very well right now. After a few hours open, this shows leather and earth and dried fruit in the aromas, with relaxed fruit and mellow tannins on the palate. Still fresh and bright, but nicely mature. Wonderful wine. (1467 views)
 Tasted by ubercuvee on 2/9/2015: Gorgeous smoked notes, some fresh prunes - interesting, complex and with the usual elegant lightness on the palate for the producer. classy juice (1643 views)
 Tasted by MAOC on 2/8/2015: Decanted for 90 mins. Initially, dark cherry fruit, leather, garrigue and brett on the nose, with a disjointed palate and a clipped finish. Vacu-vined until the following lunchtime, the wine showed better balance with less brett and an interesting minty note adding to a pretty nose. The last glass that evening was the best. Overall a strange experience and not as enjoyable as a bottle 18 months earlier. ***1/2?? (1491 views)
 Tasted by beatles on 2/4/2015 & rated 93 points: Needs air. I don't find the vegetal notes, that others do, just a very concentrated wine - about to come around - in that sense it is very 2001. Color quite light, it's a cheat, like in a Barolo. Here is game, leather, a true core of fruit, a quite elegant, good length. The stuffing is fine, this is good for 5+ years, easy. (1539 views)
 Tasted by Luchte on 1/23/2015 & rated 89 points: Off bottle? Hmmm
 Tasted by JFWood on 1/16/2015 & rated 94 points: Fabulous bottle. Shame it's my last. Deep plum and pepper nose. Smooth in the mouth, more plums and a hint of mintiness or even fennel? Nice peppery finish with some warm oak. (1533 views)
 Tasted by grafstrb on 12/26/2014: -- decanted approx. 1.5 hours before tasting --
-- tasted a single pour non-blind over approx. 1.5 hours --

NOSE: young; tight; purple fruits; noticeable vegetal element here that I found off-putting; concentrated raspberry; light cigar wrapper note.

BODY: dark color; medium-full bodied.

TASTE: tannins still grippy; alc. pokes through a bit; medium garrigue note; some spice (oak?); dark purple fruits; a touch vegetal; good, but not as good as prior experience with this wine. (1615 views)
 Tasted by wineglas on 12/26/2014 & rated 91 points: Annual CDP Tasting (Edina Country Club, MN): Pop and pour which did not help. A dirty looking wine with a rustic edge. Featuring Garrique, wood, earth and underbrush. Did improve over time but not showing similar to previous efforts. Highly advise to decant a few hours prior to tasting. (1496 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 12/26/2014 & rated 92 points: Annual Holiday CDP Tasting (Edina, MN): Very dark red color. Decanted for 30 minutes and had an hour or more of slow-O time. Drank 1 glass over 2+ hours. This came off as young and reserved initially; not nearly as expressive as previous bottles have been. The nose has some funk, very vegetal, choke cherry, cherry, fig, hints of brown sugar, soy - after about 45 minutes the nose became much more typical showing the telltale floral character with garrigue and red fruits. The palate has funk, earth, garrigue, red fruits, choke cherry, sour cherry, spices, leather, fig, nice integrated tannins and it finishes fairly long. The fruit changes over time and the cherry aspect becomes less sour and more ripe adding some berries. This certainly improved over nearly 3 hours, and I'm left thinking this needs some more time or a longer decant to show its best. Though as good as it was, compared to previous bottles, I can't help but wonder if this bottle may have just not been completely pristine. (1826 views)
 Tasted by Bromie on 12/25/2014 & rated 92 points: Decanted 2 hours ahead. Loverly nose and excellent length but suspect this will get better (1323 views)
 Tasted by bullmrkt on 12/7/2014 flawed bottle: Opened two bottles and both were flawed. Disappointing. (1902 views)
 Tasted by JBVino on 11/28/2014: drank the night after the 2003. in contrast this bottle while still w modestly elevated alcohol apparent was married with enough substance, structure and size that the wine maintained solid balance. I thought this wine had good life and I enjoyed a good texture on the palate that added to the good mouthfeel. I thought this element differentiated this bottle from the 2001 Pegau Reserve. (1829 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 11/14/2014 & rated 93 points: Super elegant nose of leather, wild game, oriental spices, mushrooms, ripe red berries, hint of brown sugar.... taste is very fresh with a hint of tannins, red fresh berries, very feminine and elegant... will fit perfectly with a delicate meal, if you have this wine, it is close to maturity and will be at peak in 2-5 years and easily hold for 10 more years! (2026 views)
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By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Delving into the Languedoc Roussillon, Issue #7 (3/28/2011)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Bonus Reviews (8/1/2009)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, January/Febuary 2004, IWC Issue #112
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By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Chicago Recap (11/2/2011)
(Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape) The Clos des Papes was jammy and sweet, seemingly mature…already? Sweet and sweeter, I felt like this was a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. Not sure what all the fuss is about.  90 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/25/2009)
(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Very slightly cloudy cherry red color with pale meniscus; bretty, herbaceous, olive nose; somewhat mature, stemmy, herbaceous, dried berry, pepper and smoke palate; medium finish 91+ pts.  91 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, December 2006
(Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape) A fine, cherry red hue. On the nose there are some dark, brooding fruits, smoky-roasted cherries, but otherwise this wine is giving little away at the moment. It has a great presence on the palate, with lots of weight and a firm, grippy, masculine tannic structure. Very decent acidity too. Richly endowed, youthful but withdrawn, with a composition bordering on monolithic, this wine needs time, but it was worthwhile taking this first look.  17.5+ points
By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (10/3/2003)
(Clos des Papes) Great nose of crushed hot pebbles, cherry liquor, kirsch, wild berries, smoke, little bit of an exotic tomato hint. Elegant but with sweet concentrated fruit and tremendous ripeness. All perfectly ripe red fruits. Seamless yet spreading. Great acid and serious stony complex minerals on the finish. As Yaacov has repeatedly said this is one of the most Burgundian CDP's out there. This was singing on this particular night.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/2/2003)
(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Beautiful, aromatic nose with hints of Asian spice; deep, tasty, brambly fruit with soft tannins  94 points
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Clos des Papes

Producer website - Read more about Clos des Papes

Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.

A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Southern Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley

WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E

### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.

### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”

### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."

### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!

(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
Rhône Valley
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.

By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
Jan/Feb 2013
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"

By vitabella.fr
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"

By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Southern Rhone
Vintage: 2011
Score: 89-92
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)


Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation - Read more about Chateauneuf du Pape

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"As I have written many times in the past, the sweet spot for drinking Châteauneuf du Papes is usually the first 5-6 years after the vintage. Then they seem to go through an adolescent, awkward, and sometimes dormant stage, only to re-emerge around year 10-12, where the majority of wines are often fully mature. The best of them will continue to hold on to life (but rarely improving) beyond 15-20 years. It is only the exceptional Châteauneuf du Papes that will evolve for 20-25+ years, and those are indeed a rarity. However, things may be improving dramatically in terms of the longevity of Châteauneuf du Pape, although Grenache-dominated wines, the vast majority of wines produced in the appellation, are wines that do not have the polyphenol (extract and tannin) content of top Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, or Syrah-based wines. Nevertheless, the younger generation in Châteauneuf du Pape has taken seriously the farming in the vineyards. There are more organic and biodynamically run vineyards here than in any other appellation of France. The yields, which were already low, are even lower today (20-35 hectoliters per hectare), and of course, the proliferation of top luxury and/or old-vine cuvées gives a significant boost to the number of wines that will evolve past 25 or 30 years. The advantage of these wines is their broad window of drinkability." ( Robert Parker )

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