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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 81 
ProducerClos des Papes (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
UPC Code(s)3760043540075, 3760043540099

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2033 (based on 93 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 94.8 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 247 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by cubswinws on 7/4/2015 & rated 96 points: Just lights out. This wine is so good. Incredible purity of flavor and amazing depth. Finish just goes on and on. (2241 views)
 Tasted by Kriz on 6/22/2015 & rated 99 points: Holy cow! How to rate this? First describe it... Deep sweet blackberry and cherry nose with a hint of mint freshness and some Bordeaux like elements. Amazingly well balanced palate. Acidity, sweetness, bitterness and alcohol all perfectly together. Sweet and fruity with depth and layered. Amazing finish which never seems to end. Exeptional wine. One of the best I have ever tasted, absolutely sublime! And therefore a well deserved 99 points. (2705 views)
 Tasted by bendid on 6/20/2015 flawed bottle: Corked (1081 views)
 Tasted by maxima on 5/12/2015 & rated 90 points: Très riche et dense, fort complexe et jeune.
Texture juteuse et bonne acidité, un brin moderne mais bien avec une belle pièce de viande. (3967 views)
 Tasted by Desireefish on 5/2/2015: My heaven in a bottle. Always perfect. Earthy and enough muted fruit to go well with a steak! (3749 views)
 Tasted by wineamateur on 4/21/2015: Attractive enough, but not really soaring at this point of its development (3869 views)
 Tasted by swp3 on 4/19/2015: First of these 2007 CDPs from BPW that doesn't smell of oxidized, stewed fruits. Nose leads with earth, smoke and herbs followed by ripe red and dark fruit. Concentrated and long, but with structure. Runs a little hot, but really enjoyable overall. (3611 views)
 Tasted by lirvingham on 3/21/2015 & rated 97 points: really fantastic. don't see this getting much better, but should last for years. fruit and earth in balance. great. (4485 views)
 Tasted by blakehastings on 3/16/2015 & rated 94 points: Very nice, still some tannins to work out. Probably has a couple more years to peak, but drinking quite well now. Mixed fruits, great length on palate (like 40 seconds). Can't wait try again in a couple of years. (4252 views)
 Tasted by jlgnml on 2/28/2015 & rated 93 points: Solid, great deep color, smooth, chewy, slight spice, drank really well (3734 views)
 Tasted by iar on 2/28/2015: Great stuff! First time I tried. Perfect. (4359 views)
 Tasted by s******n on 2/7/2015 & rated 93 points: Weinprobe IT-F, Flight 3: Turriga vs Clos des Papes
- Schon in der Farbe ist die deutlich höhere Konzentration des Turriga zu erkennen. Sehr dicht, noch etwas blau. Der Clos des Papes dagegen etwas leichter und auch rötlicher
- Der Turriga schmeckt sehr konzentriert, für mich schmeckt man auch das Holz deutlich ggb dem Clos des Papes durch.
- Für mich ist der Clos des Papes der ausgewogenere Wein und der Gewinner. Aber auch der Turriga ist ein toller Wein! (4253 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 1/30/2015: Tasting, brief note. Lots of very ripe black cherry and some plum that comes across too extremely ripe for me. This had been open for an hor+ and I was told it was more fresh and delish to start. (4219 views)
 Tasted by William Kelley on 1/22/2015 & rated 92 points: When I opened this bottle, I initially thought the 2007 Clos des Papes might be the best 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape I'd tasted, and I could understand the extravagant praise it has received. For the first hour, the bouquet was really quite glorious, bursting from the glass with an explosive bouquet of red and black cherries, herbs, and some lovely classic leathery tones. The purity of the fruit was strikingly beautiful, and the wine's breadth on the palate extraordinary. But as the wine evolved it became increasingly simple, and the aromas more stewed, tending to prune, fig and licorice. Needless to say, this was not a welcome development, and I'm inclined to drink this up to capture it in a comparatively vibrant state, before the ripeness of the vintage takes over. The tannins are pretty much resolved, so there's no reason to wait. (4722 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 1/21/2015: Wednesday Nooner (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Just an addendum to my note from 8/11/14. I had initially access this from 375ml via Coravin just to check in on it and at that time it was spectacular. Great classic nose and palate. Now 5 months later after storing in temp controlled fridge, we accessed it again. It was barely, and I mean barely, drinkable - if you were stranded on a desert island and had nothing else. Tasted sort of like it had heat damage and become stewed and pruned, sort of oxidized, but not exactly that either. I'm certainly glad it was only a 375, but still very disturbing. (4453 views)
 Tasted by _Xenon on 12/31/2014 & rated 93 points: Not closed down at all.

Had this wine in a fantastic new wine glas: The "Zwiesel 1872 Wine Classics Select Riesling". To me this new series is an answer to the Zalto glasses and imho they are even better (more lightweight, lower wider surface for less wine in the glass).

Anyway: The wine is very open, fruity and - as others have reported - a bit port style. I love drinking it before dinner, but for having it with dinner it wasn't the perfect match. It was immediately recognizable as a Clos Des Papes. However, considering the price tag, I'll go for the 2009, of which I have some more in my cellar.

Happy new year everyone! (4649 views)
 Tasted by KPB on 12/28/2014 & rated 95 points: Limpid dark ruby with a black-tinted core. Compared to the 2005, nose is rather shut down and dusty, but with air I'm finding plummy fruit, toasted brioche, griotte cherry, and a hint of tobacco. Very sweet up front on the palate and quite rich, soft tannins and modest acidity lending a longer and much sweeter mouthfeel than the lighter, more stern, 2005. Perhaps a hint of rhubarb pie on the mid-palate, leads into a slightly stemmy, bitter finish. I'm positively impressed but right at this moment the wine seems lacking in complexity: very impressive, although perhaps not one of the greatest wines from the region in this highly successful vintage. (4199 views)
 Tasted by Birdmountain wine on 12/24/2014 & rated 97 points: Extremely well produced full bodied wine with multiple layers of notes. Leather, strawberry, sweet cherry, clove, thyme, mint, wet stone and a very very long finish. The complexity is unbelievable. Still a favorite. (3976 views)
 Tasted by kidsmurf2000 on 12/19/2014 & rated 93 points: blimeyy, one of these that is actually showing some potential! Decanted 90 mins... Needs more. Hs a full bloody meeting taste (3910 views)
 Tasted by javierbb on 12/13/2014 & rated 96 points: Se abre y se cierra a cada poco y eso que llevaba abierto unas 12 horas. Esperarlo sin duda, ahora mismo gastante monolitico. (4198 views)
 Tasted by MAOC on 12/4/2014: At Hawksmoor London. PnP. Quite closed. On the nose, blackberry, cherry, touch of strawberry, with cndp herb touch. Palate slightly sweet and silky fruit and herbs, with impressive depth and tight core. Will be great in 5+ years but not sure it's much better than eg 01 especially for the price. **** (4271 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 11/14/2014 & rated 98 points: Wow nose of pain d'épices, ripe strawberries, sweet cherries, oriental spices... super delicious juice, very long fruity taste without the heaviess of the vintage, ripe red pepers which is the signature of clos des Papes... 30 seconds aftertaste! (4899 views)
 Tasted by psi on 10/31/2014 & rated 92 points: Great wine, but far away from the 99+ points awarded by WA. Maybe a bit closed at the moment, better day two. Overall we were disappointed. (4698 views)
 Tasted by kidsmurf2000 on 10/28/2014 & rated 93 points: Needed time to open up... nice, full flavored. But again, I'm left wondering why this wine is rated so highly? Should leave for another year again. (5375 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 9/20/2014: Siggy's BBQ Featuring a Trio of 2001 La La's and a Bevy of 2001 CDP's (Siggy & Jenny's Place, Mpls, MN): Just got a very small pour of this from 750ml. Shows its essence on the palate wonderfully, but the nose is a somewhat tight tonight. Don't think this had any decant. (6682 views)
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By Julia Harding, MW
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By David Gordon
Sommelier Journal, December 2009
(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône Valley, France) Clos des Papes is a traditional estate that has been producing wine in the region for more than 200 years. Although proprietor Paul Avril died this year, his son Vincent carries on his legacy. Refusing to create a special cuvée, as many of their competitors in the region have done, the Avrils produce a delicious Grenache-based wine aged in large wood foudres. The 2007, from a forward, ripe, and rich vintage, is full-bodied, with kirsch, licorice, and blackberry flavors; a lush, supple texture; and a long, balanced finish.
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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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