Community Tasting Notes (207) Avg Score: 94.8 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.

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  • Très riche et dense, fort complexe et jeune.
    Texture juteuse et bonne acidité, un brin moderne mais bien avec une belle pièce de viande.

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  • My heaven in a bottle. Always perfect. Earthy and enough muted fruit to go well with a steak!

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  • Attractive enough, but not really soaring at this point of its development

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  • 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.

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  • really fantastic. don't see this getting much better, but should last for years. fruit and earth in balance. great.

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  • 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.

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  • Great stuff! First time I tried. Perfect.

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  • Solid, great deep color, smooth, chewy, slight spice, drank really well

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • blimeyy, one of these that is actually showing some potential! Decanted 90 mins... Needs more. Hs a full bloody meeting taste

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  • Se abre y se cierra a cada poco y eso que llevaba abierto unas 12 horas. Esperarlo sin duda, ahora mismo gastante monolitico.

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  • 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. ****

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Wow wine! Nice light ruby color. Penetrating nose. Had some alcohol heat but blew off after a bit. Dark berries, black cherry, maybe some violet. And more of the same on palate with some roasted oak complementing the smoky cherry, herbs and bramble. Without looking would be stunned if this isn't mostly Grenache as that's what comes through. Loved this. Drinking great but decant an hour. Hope all my '07 CDPs are this good!

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  • Very dissapointing. Strong in alcohol, very little character. Is it asleep?

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  • Color: bright medium red
    Nose: sweetish, powerful, rich red fruits, meaty, 65% grenache
    Palate: a big full bodied, concentrated, powerful, still a baby, modern style, leave this alone for next 5 years, shuts down after 2 hours in the glass
    Rated: 95+ ( easily 97 in 5 years time)

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  • Very, very good. Classic CNdP. The earthy and black cherry notes were prominent to me. Decanted for one and a half hours. That seemed adequate. It should last for a long while, but I know my other bottles will be long gone by the time the back end years suggested by the pro reviewers roll around.

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  • Very dark red color. PNP into glasses from 375ml; drank 1 glass over an hour. Very impressive again for it classic character, the nose has lots of garrigue and Provencal herb, damp earth, violets and a touch of lavender, dark cherry, spice. The palate is dense and full bodied, ripe black and very dark red fruit of currant, black cherry, and dark tart berries, deep garrigue, licorice, kirsch, spice, pepper, loamy earth, and very long 60sec plus finish. This bottle was all about the garrigue, herb and spice and a little less perfumy.

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  • Showing some lightness in the color, the complex nose offers garrigue, kirsch, licorice, cherry, mint and forest scents that work perfectly with the silky, luscious, fresh, berries. There is a beautiful sense of sweetness, purity and freshness in the fruit that stays with you and lingers in the mouth.

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  • what potential complexity, mind-boggling richness, and compelling flavor profile

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  • Very tight and concentrated monster. Decanted 3-4 hours! Nose initially Burgundian but later also some barnyard. Dark red berries and lots of spices. Good tannin. This seemed very closed and for sure it has potential for more points.

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  • Clear winner in a vertical of 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Drinking well now but with some upside. Lovely mix of sweet red fruits and savoury spicy notes. Good mouthfeel and weight - this is a class wine - 2007 is a controversial vintage - but delivers here - very happy to have more of this!! Great.

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  • Better showing this time.
    Expressive nose with notes of black cherry liqueur, violets, smoke and minerals.
    Full bodied with deep fruit flavor, tannins and acidity in great balance, only alcohol is a bit warm...
    Excellent wine, still very young.

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  • Distinct, characteristic, full and immediate nose with raspberry-blueberry mix. Sweet fruit hints. Garrigue, dried oregano and raspberries. Very evident. Ready but not meaty mature.
    Full, generous, almost sweet, and a bit vulgar palate. Mucho vino, but maybe lacking a bit backbone. This is fat, friendly, fiery, candylike with intermingled oregano. Fills your mouth, but isn't it a bit clumsy. Violets and black olives.
    For my palate this is a bit too much. Good barbeque wine, but in my book ChNdP will probably never get top scores. I miss the austerity, the coolness, the elegance.

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  • Ennuyant comme du "arena rock", avec le prix élevé du ticket. 86-87

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  • Red fruits in the bouquet. Juicy red fruits on the palate. Sweet spices, eucalyptus, sweet licorice. Overall a lot of sweetness and not so much acidity. Round and soft tannin. Quite mature already. Overall a really nice wine, but if I read the notes in CT I have the impression there is quite much bottle variation here. I don't know the history of this bottle and I have a few myself, so there will be a follow-up.

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  • Lots of Grenache, Syrah and more with friends (Downtown Cleveland): I loved this bottle. The nose has some stink to it, I thought slight, others thought more than slight. For me it is black cherries, roasted meat and herbs, slight barnyard and spice. Complex and layered, but still young. Years to go until peak IMO. Great juicy but full texture. Nice acidity. Yes, this is big and modern, but went just fine with the food. Glad to have more in the cellar.

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  • Leaking bottle but the juice seemed to be intact. Good stuff but I don't feel its worth the price it has risen to

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  • Reactions around the table to this were mixed. The wine is really big and port-like, with raspberry and dark berry flavors. A streak of mineral, and also a bit of brett. Very full mouthfeel. I didn't like it all that much, but others at the table were oohing and ahing.

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  • Rich, ripe, concentrated, layered, powerful, full bodied, and extravagant with aromas and flavors of kirsch, framboise, blackberry, licorice, and herbs, albeit with a somewhat roasted quality to the fruit and a tinge of heat that pokes through.

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  • Déception...

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  • I last had this in December of 2013. Mesmerizing and riveting on the palate, she is really just awaking from her slumber; extremely layered and long on the palate; tannin of feather. Boysenberry, blueberry, kirsch, Israeli chicken, sous bouis and granite. Divine structure and the innate ability to last many, many years. Destined for any bon vivat of the wine culture indeed. Drink 2015 -.

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  • Double decanted this and very happy I did so. Lots of sediment for such a young wine. Much more elegant than my first taste. Mouth coating with lots of grip. A very good wine no doubt although absolutely massive. Port like wine. Drank very well with pizza. I'm selling the rest of these. Just not my style of wine.

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  • Rhone gathering - 08 Rayas, 85 and 89 La Las (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Bob loves the 07 CDPs but I just have a hard time drinking more than a glass. This is another example of big porty wine that is definitely too ripe for me. Port, licorice and black fruits. Big scale wine, unctuous yet silky and nicely integrated tannins. Despite the high alcohol, it remains cool and balanced. I just don’t care for the port note. If your CDP palate aligns with Bob, you will be pleased. It will be interesting to follow how this will develop.

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  • Capella with the guys

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  • Night with the boyz at Capella (Capella): To me, this isn't as good as when it first came out, I'm wondering if it was decanted too long… Very sweet, good complexity but a big on the syrupy side of wine. I didn't think the alcohol was over-whelming and it was very enjoyable, I think if it's was on it's own I would have liked it more then when comparing it to other top flight CdPs.

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  • #BYOB - Kvällens bästa vin! Smaken tog aldrig slut, fick nästan skölja munnen med vatten för att kunna gå vidare!
    Trots detta fanns det finess, en bra syra och tydlig strävhet. Blev lite överraskad över att det var en 2007:a.

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  • Chateauneuf du Pape 2007 (Petroleum Club, Calgary): Med dark red. Licorice, red fruit. Complete, floral, very rich with fruit. Sweet plummy fruit. Med to long fruit. Very silky, mineral. Wonderful, not at all heavy. Really opens up in the mouth. So well integrated.

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  • Nose of graphite, mine de crayon, cassis, black berries, very black, characoal… taste of pure black fruit, very mineral, the sucrosity of it’s youth has completely disappeared!!

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  • wow! This is the best wine i have ever tasted! The complexity and balance is overwhelming. The finish is forever!

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  • Classy deep yet refined. Not as much of the forresty garrigue or rusticiticty but still great juice (3 hour decant and it needed it)

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  • Dec 28th 2013 Annual Holiday CDP Tasting at the Edina Country Club: Deep dark purple. A most hedonistic nose, but would guess an SQN grenache, not Rhone. Lovely pure fruit. Very primary today with purple and dark fruits, and spring flowers. Long, long finish.

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  • Annual Holiday CDP Tasting: Epic & Stunning Wines Featuring a trio of 2001's (Edina, MN): Very dark red-purple color. This wine was decanted for about an hour at the event. Drank 2 glasses over 2 hours plus. It really wasn't until about 45 minutes in that this really started to reveal its soul, but when it did, wow, you could truly see the greatness. I think this wine may eventually equal or surpass all the wines tonight. It is just a baby, but what potential. The outstanding nose has the telltale Clos des Papes perfume, with earth, sandalwood, jasmine, saddle leather, floral, potpourri, herbs, and a hint of dill weed, along with plush black fruits, kirsch, and roasted game. The palate boasts amazing concentration, well balanced, integrated silky tannins, black fruits of cassis, blackberry, and kir. There is plenty spice, pepper, and kirsch that follows on the long provocative finish. this was an exciting glimpse into the future. I'd like to see this next in about 2-3 years. 96(+)pts.

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  • Not rated. These are starting to shut down. Tuck away and rest well my friends.

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  • The nose on this is very compelling with some mint, Provence herbs, and some blackberries underneath it all. The palate is lively with some bitter chocolate, tree back and a nice streak of berries. There's also a bit of very cool spice to this. Long finish. Awesome. Drank it over three days.

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  • Decanted bout an hour, consumed over two hours. Improvement over last bottle. Not convinced that it will overtake the 2001 and 2006 but it will be fun to follow. I've got to open my 2005s which recent notes indicate are starting to hum...

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  • (Decanted for three hours.) Black plum in color with an opaque center. The nose is powerful and alluring: fresh cut meat, fennel, smokehouse, pepper berries, crushed lavender and toasted espresso bean. The wine is round and opulent with ripeness. Its black fruit flavors are rich and honeyed and mix with smoked hog jowl, dark chocolate, pepper and tarry souchong tea. And while these flavors are balanced by juicy acidity and ripe tannins, the long finish has an acridly bitter undertaste that disturbs the otherwise seamless presentation. Perhaps time will wear down this little bump in the road. With that said this is still an outstanding wine. And while it may not have the class of the 2009 Clos des Papes or the sheer power of the 2010, it is big, lusty, decadent and a lot of fun to drink. 95+ points.

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  • Great wine but not as good as two years ago.
    Nose is tight yielding a little cherry fruit, black leather and spices.
    At this stage it seems to demand aging.
    Palate has a velvety texture but is also tight.

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  • Really magnificent; integrating nicely.

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  • WWW Barendrecht, 27-09-2013. Perfect Chateauneuf. Extremely concentrated yet still a pleasure to drink. Tons of Provencal herbs on the nose, like thyme and rosemary completely mesmerize you from start to finish.

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  • Very good - especially for such a hot year - still in balance and with a great future ahead. Lots of herbs and feint pot pourri - refreshing acidity with a fair whack of pepper - tightly wound tannins appear right at the end - still very savoury and I think lavender sweetness will come in a few years.

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  • Decanted for over four hours. Continues to be a model for what one would want in a Chateauneuf. Not the best bottle of the case, thus far, but still a great wine. Dark, rich, smooth and complex. With a nose that seems to reach across the room.

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  • I opened this at a 7/13/13 birthday party. It was poured through a vinturi into a decanter and allowed to sit for an hour before the first sip. It didn’t completely open up until an additional hour had passed…The bouquet was immense and incredibly rich with aromas of cherry, raspberry, anise, dried herb, pepper, spice and minerals. The palate was rich, complex, dense, layered, dry and seamless with flavors of raspberry, cherry, herb, licorice, pepper, spice and a touch of mocha…by far, the best Chateauneuf du Pape I’ve ever tasted.

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  • I decanted and the nose hit me immediately upon opening. It was desperately in need of air so I left it for 1 hour then double decanted it back into the bottle before leaving for the restaurant. Decanted again during dinner for a total of 3.5 hours and served during the meat dish. Red cherries, slate and a hint of anise on the nose. Dark reddish purple and a hint of brown on the edges. Beautiful bouquet. Well balanced. Some tart red fruit, wet granite and a hint of cocoa on the palate. A good 30 second finnish. Very nice bottle of wine. In my opinion, still not enough decanting. I will shoot for 5 hours next time.

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  • A heck of a Monday Night in Cleveland (E. 4th street): Perhaps not a pristine bottle but still very good. The nose has a lot of oak showing. Also, slightly dusty/musty which led some to question if it was corked. I don't think so, but perhaps some heat? There are also some raspberries and cherry milk shake notes. On the palate, this is awesome. Complex and layered. Great raspberry fruit with some black licorice. A bit of heat on the finish. This was great.

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  • The above rating is based on two days of consumption.
    Day one: The wine was very introvert aromatically. But some notes of cherries, herbes de Provence and licorice did emerge from the glass.
    The palate was very densely packed with perfectly ripe dark and black fruit, smooth but palpable tannins, and overall a beautifully sculptured wine.
    On day two the wine had not changed significantly on the palate, but the nose had opened op considerably: sous bois, garrigue, earth and some leather... just classic CdP scents. 94++

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  • Hafif kahverengi röfleleri olan koyu garnet renkte. Tatlımsı ön burnunda yaban mersini ,kırmızı meyve ,meyan kökü notalarına eklenen herbal, zeytin ,animal ,fıçı ,toprak aromalarına zamanla tütün kahve ve mint ekleniyor.Arkada silik volatile dokunuşları da mevcut. Damakta yumuşak,tatlımsı . Ancak bu tatlımsı izlenim atakta belirginleşip bitime kadar şarabı domine eden asit ile ,fresh,canlı.Damaktaki izlenimi Red
    2005 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve için güç iken, bu şarap için zerafet. Uzun bitimindeki meyve ve asidin gücü yüksek alkolu rahatlıkla örten ılık bir bitim.Önümüzdeki 15-20 yıl içinde bugün olduğu gibi rahatlıkla içilebilir.

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  • Vişne suyu renkli, kenarlar açık kırmızı röfleli. Burunda tatlı baharatlar, çok olgun narenciye ve çakıl taşı kokusu. Damakta orta üst gövdeli, diri asiditeli, meyvemsi, yuvarlak tanenli, yumuşak, yapısı sağlam. Yüksek alkol damağa ve uzun bitişine damga vuruyor.

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  • again, wonderful

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  • Very big, very full, very rich and very smooth, with a lot of everything. Porty. Struck me as a bit unfocused, but perhaps that was me not the wine. Drank after the 2006, which was leaner and more precise. This batch has not been perfectly stored, and perhaps more evolved than it should be at this stage

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  • Bramble, garrigue and a little raspberry. So balanced. Long lingering aftertaste. Much lighter than I'd imagined. Elegant. Really terrific. Had in a restaurant; I imagine this might have fleshed out more with more time to breathe beforehand.

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  • A generously fruity nose gives unmistakable hints that this is an elegant and well-crafted wine. On the palate, initial notes of cherry liqueur lead to beefy meat, smoke, and a bit of leather in a harmonious balance. Considerable alcohol presence, but the concentration of fruit prevents it from being overwhelming. Just a touch below the superstars of the vintage, but clearly very nicely done and thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Decanted for 5 hours at home. Not as spectacularly fabulous as previous bottles, but still great. Lots of garrigue, earthy spices, and dark fruit. Rich and sensuous. Superb with the steak at Joe's

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  • Rhone - Highlights from north & south (Portimao): Served during a Rhone lecture I held during an offsite in Portugal. A big wine with lots of alcohol, garrigue, earthy, spicy notes, ripe red fruit too, a bit hot in the finish. Popular in the group but for some just too much alcohol and red cherry aromas... I wonder how well it does with food. As mentioned on other occasions, I personally prefer CdP with more Mourvedre in it as it adds structure and complexity.

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  • At this moment the wine seems to be in an intermediate phase. There are cherries, dark forest fruits and garrigue. Sweet spices like cinnamon as well. Same on the palate. Soft and round tannin as well, but although it is lush already, the wine is still too young to really show what it has in store. Wait until 2017 at least. 93 - 94+ for today

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  • Decanted over 3 hrs, tasted along the way, consumed over 2 hrs. Overall, a good wine but a little disappointed. The wine had a little heat on the back end, and the length was not long (10-15 sec).

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  • My selection from my cellar to celebrate my birthday, so I obviously had high expectations. Even tho this bottle was not as magnificent as the first out of the case, it was still fabulous. Decanted at home for 5 hours before taking it to Joe's, Chicago. Dark and nearly opaque. Rich, full nose of a whole gamut of flavors. The taste was smooth and mouth-filling, complex and rich. A great wine.

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  • Nog weinig van te zeggen. over ruim een week gedronken. De wijn begon stroef en hard, alchohol in de neus, weinig plezier, maar met het verloop van de week begon de wijn steeds beter te presteren. Het laatste glas was de beste, de geur blijft nog wat alcoholisch, mineraal, kruidig, heel donker fruit, smaak is nu zeer aangenaam, met een prettige warmte, sappigheid en veel diepgang. Dit wordt echt een lange afstandloper, nog heel veel geduld. We gaan de wijn volgen

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  • Had to try this and see where it was at. It's going to be prolific. But I will wait 3-5 years before popping another. Still very tannic. The fruit and minerality is present and almost ready to begin bursting through the seams. A great exploration of this wine with a great future.

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  • This wine has been a beauty since I first tasted it in tank! What more could you ask for in a Chateauneuf du Pape? A complex nose packed with kirsch liqueur, garrigue, jam, spice and earth, sexy, lush, sensuous textures and a long, fresh, sweet, dark, black raspberry and cherry filled finish.

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  • Big wine out of the gate with sort of funky aromas characteristic of CDP's including garrigue, meat, and some dark fruit. Just drank after a couple Napa Cabs so that was a bit of an adjustment. Once the palate cleared, it was easy to see that this was tremendously polished, smooth, and layered on the palate with a soft sailing finish. I got to say - palate better than nose on this one but many years of life to go.

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  • Yes!!! This is a C9duP as it should be and my previous bottle must have been an off bottle. This bottle is concentrated and still open. Good fruits, garrigue, white pepper, pleasant sweetness and beautiful acidity. Soft tannin. Great length. A beauty!

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  • PP's hairy crab dinner (PP's family dining room): magnum. unapproachable and impenetrable. totally alcoholic. resulting in massive hangover next day.

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  • Amazing. Dark red/ purple. Upon popping this came out quite hot, very smoky and herbal. Seven hour decant later this just softened up to liquid cashmere, had a long, long finish, stunning complexity and was balanced well in all proportions. And not hot! Garrigue, smoke, herbs de provence, cherry, dark plum, oak, flowers, dark earthy gravel and chalk minerals and so much more. For me this trumped the last time I tried it about two and a half years ago. Best ever Chateauneuf so far. A perfect wine. Medium plus acids. Employ a lengthy decant or continue to cellar. Will last another 10 - 15 years easy.

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  • As other tasters have noted, this is a big wine (and one I might guess to be American if tasting blind). Nevertheless, it's a very good effort and well made. Drink now or continue to hold.

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  • Got to admit to being disappointed with this. Tasted somewhat non-descript, and missing those classic Clos des Papes cherry aromas. Could have just passed for an average vintage daily drinker.

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  • Ripe black fruits, herbal notes, a bit hot and thick. This needs time.

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  • What else can be said for this wine... Brilliant. One of the best examples of CdP I have ever had, though the '07 Beaucastel held its ground. Excellent fruit, mouthfeel, asian spices, garrigue and hoisin. Long finish with decent acid tannin balance. How do you rate perfection.

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  • Similar to last time I had this wine seven months ago but this time it was less intense as if it goes through a shy phase. Fantastic wine nevertheless.

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  • No rating. I think these need air. I was surprised at how thin the texture of the wine was. It was quite funky on a pop and pour, and over an hour and a half evolved to OK. I am going to have another one soon with a long decant.

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  • First of my 750's - cannot keep my hands off of these even though I should. So much power and elegance and complexity. Kirsch, meat, mineral, spice....

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  • An intriguing nose of beef, herbs, wet earth and some bright fruits. The palate is sharper than I expected on the attack with bright red berries, tarragon, wiled game and some white pepper. The fruit density is a little less than I like but a very interesting wine. Austere finish.
    An addendum to this. The bottle sat on my counter for a full six days before I realized I had a glass left in it. Holy cow this is a different wine. The nose has charcoal, oak, blackberries, flowers, spices...wow. the palate is fresh and lively. Solid ripe fruits with some savory herbal elements. Complex, sweeter finish. LET THESE SLEEP!

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  • Still an impressive wine, and taking in consideration that it cost around 550,- danish kroner, it is a bargin!It has all the aromas and flavours as last time I tasted it - buy it if you can :-)

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  • decanted about 30 minutes. a wine of distinction exhibiting harnessed power and superior fruit. this is one of my all time favorite wines, showing brilliantly tonight, and literally slurped down by 6 tasters.

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  • Drank @ An

    Wonderful wine. Knowingly drank far too young. Absolutely stunning. With a few years on it, could easily be a perfect wine.

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  • To be honest, I was a bit disappointed, this time around in the glass was a very good Chateauneuf but not even close to Top quality. Very ripe nice fruit and well balanced, but this is really not something that gets me excited. The 2009 Colombis I had a couple of weeks back was way better than this. I think this will go into a dormant phase and needs to not be touched for a while.

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  • Very bold and young, with more muscle showing. Less fruit and more secondary aromas. 375 that was shared over appetizers.

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  • Some Great Wines for Spring Break; 3/4/2012-3/18/2012 (Avignon, Vaucluse, France): I had brilliant examples of this formerly perfect wine but it seems to endure some evolution since three months. It has been evolving into a version with less baby fat and more forest aromas. It still had this extremely elegant nose typical of Clos des Papes but missed its velvety bombshell of red fruits.
    96

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  • This is like drinking water - it goes down that easy. Velvety smooth texture - finish is crisp and lingers but no harshness nor heat. This drinks like a wine that has been aged for decades.

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  • At first restrained and awkward. Decanted 4 hours and it started shinning!! Very honest red fruit and plums, spice, leather. Super silky smooth mouth feel. At first quite light on the palte but then it almost gains viscosity as it passes over the tongue and down the throat. Kirsch royal, earth and black tea on a long focused finish with a solid backbone but absolutely no dryness from the tannins. So may layers and kept evolving in the glass - just spectacular jet only a baby with almost unlimited potential. 95+++

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  • It does not get much better than this. This velvety, rich, smooth beauty is a truly wine for meditation. High on the alcohol, but this as the tannins are totally integrated in the wine. No edges, just pure pleasure. Kirsch, plums, absolutely drinkable today and a finish of 60 sec - what more does one want from a wine? I think I paid around USD 100 and that's a steal

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  • Brought this up to Maine for a poker weekend up at the lake with Jeff, Tim and Tom. Decanted this for 5+ hours and we followed a really nice California Rhone blend with this wine. I have heard reviewers mention a laser beam of fruit and that is exactly how to describe this young wine. The nose was the wonderful spiced perfume scents with red raspberries. Each sip provided that intense fruit but not in a fruit bomb sense but in a way that provides a nice long finish. The tannins were rather smooth as the 5 hour decant helped.
    The guys really enjoyed this and the drinking slowed down, which is unusual for this crowd, as we wanted to savor this gem. We would like to try this again in 10 years so if I can keep my hands off the remaining two bottles it would be a real treat.

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  • Very elegant and powerful, still a bit restrained, much more fruit driven than Deus. Lots of berries and pear, like the Willliams Schnapps. Good stuff!

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  • Effortlessly delivers its goods - no need for a trained nose or palate to discern the beauty of this wine.
    Cherry aromas and strawberry in fresh and liqueur form surge from the glass accompanied by some darker forest fruit and creamy sweet spicy tones.
    Amazing harmony and aromatic intensity. Quite Burgundian in aroma profile.
    Palate is full bodied but this is not a "big" wine, it has charm, elegance and freshness.
    Texture is smooth with medium acidity yet with nice balance between fresh cherry and strawberry fruit and riper plummy fruit (and even a hint of raisin on the background).
    There are also licorice nuances, some smoke and a creamy vanilla note on the lingering finish. Very nice structure holding the fruit together and tannins have no astringency whatsoever!
    In one word this wine is fantastic! Alcohol at 15% is just slighlty warm.
    Wine is drinking beautifully now.
    I am looking forward to drinking more bottles from this wine in the years to come and expecting to score it each time higher and higher!

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  • Hmmm. Too much barnyard for me. Plus a bit of heat on the back end. It or I might just be in a weird place (hopefully).

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  • corked

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  • lost a bit in the shuffle, it's still a terrific wine. not as ethereal as a previous tasting. sometimes a large group wine orgy doesn't bring out the best in an individual wine.

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  • Dinner with Mattias (Jock): Dark ruby color. Nose of rasberry and blackcherry. Tastes of blackberry, garrigue, anise, and pepper. Rich powerful finish. Well balanced. A bit primary right now. Young. 14% alcohol. Brought by Jeff.

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  • This one developed considerably in the glass, and definitely came across as more elegant and nuanced after some time.

    Initial impression when served undecanted and blind: Nose of red berries with some dark berries, a hint of green or herbal notes, some flowery aromas (lilac?). Clearly sweetish on the attack, taste of dark berries, some alcoholic fire, quite concentrated and with rather approachable tannin.

    After some time in the glass: Obvious flowery notes with violets, dark berries, some raspberry liqueur, big and elegant nose. Impressive concentration on the palate, red and dark berries, slightly spicy, tannins that are both mild and robust. 93 points.

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  • This is an amazing wine!!! Decanted for 3 hours, the bouquet offers a silky dispaly of strawberries, rasberries, red berries, kirch, grenadine, liquorice and sandalwood. This full-bodied sexy wine covers the entire mouth and palate with a complex performance giving off riped red and black fruit, Asian spice, hint of liquorice and cigarbox with perfectly integrated tannins, ending a very long finish lasting several minuts! Why this wine does not get a 100 point now, is due to the slightly alcoholic background which is notable in both the nose and the mouth. However, when this wine has soften out in 10-15 years from now, this will be close to a perfect wine!!

    And important note is, that serving temperature plays a big role in how the wine is interpreted, at the current stage. Too cool and only lighter elements appears. Too warm and the alcohol quickly takes up the space. This note was given at a serving temperature of 21-23 oC (room temperature was 23 oC).

    Score: Colour: 5, Aroma: 14, Flavour & Finish: 18, Overall potential: 10 + 50 (initial point) = 97

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  • With a rich, deep color, the perfume exhibits pepper, black raspberry jam, grenadine, garrigue, licorice and raspberry liqueur. The opulent, silky textured fruit coats your mouth and palate, ending in a long, peppery, sweet, pure, red cherry liqueur finish. This is one of the most sensuous Chateauneuf du Pape wines I've ever tasted. WOW!

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  • Decanted 6 hours. Drank over 1.5 with a great Italian meal - went very well with risotto and also the duck. Huge and ripe fruits. Heat initially that slowly blew off. Great nose you just keep going back to. Nicely balanced funk and earth with the fruit. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Dried fruits, figs, strawberry. Spices. Very complex and deep, yet not "heavy". Kept going back always. 5 more left, will give it a few years. Not a crime to drink today, with proper decant.

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  • Boy, what an astonishing wine! This Clos des Papes 2007 was very soft and complex. A liquid dark ruby, it displayed a symphony of acidic strawberries, some mint (certainly caused by the exceptional quality of the grenache in this wine), guarrigue, and sous-bois. Having had a perfect offering of the Janasse Vieilles Vignes 2007 a month ago, I could easily compare these two bottles. The Janasse had a tremendously more opulent structure whereas the Clos des Papes was more discreet, elegant. This was a perfect Clos des Papes (100 myself, 99+ by guest), far superior to the 2000 (94) I tasted at the same place in early september.
    The 2009 will definitely not be similar to the 2007, being much more rococo and less complex (96+).

    A very special note to the Veritas, discovered thanks to the Hedonist Gazette: the food there has been unbelievable, the Crab salad was delicious and the roasted chicken label rouge (one of my favorite meal back in France) was world class.

    The wine list was, no news here, unbeatable.

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  • Having given a three digits grade to this wine a few days earlier at the same place from half-bottle, I wanted to ‘check’ my previous analyze.
    Very similar to its little brother, this wine was not showing better than the smaller format. Still possessing a silky structure, this perfect wine reached the satisfaction of all my senses - the definition of synesthesia could be drawn by opening a Clos des Papes 2007. 100.

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  • 2011 Duck Dinner (Peter Pratt's Inn): Pours black, huge amounts of rich, ripe fruit, a massive yet not over done or gaudy. You can feel some heat, but it's not obnoxious. Hints of vanilla cream, spices, tobacco leaf, loads of black fruit. Great wine.

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  • Decanted for an hour drank with some excellent NY Steaks. At first the nose was overpowered with alcohol, but then relaxed into dried fruits and cherries. On the palate the wine is silky smooth and coats your entire mouth with jammy goodness... which continues on for 5 minutes. I'm not going to touch the other two for 10 years, the structure is there.

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  • Pfff….. Hope this is an off bottle or the wine is in an awkward stage, because it doesn't give a fraction of the pleasure and complexity it did before. The color is quite light, but still purple. Still very primary with lots of raspberries and cherries. Full bodied and a lot of alcohol which shows. And hardly the complexity it offered before. I really hope this wine will recover. Anyway, for my own reference I add my blind score.

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  • scored 95-98 in a blind tasting, I was the only one to give a low score of 92

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  • Closing down a bit.

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  • Jeg forstår, at Parker har givet denne 99+... for jeg har været så heldig at kunne drikke en kasse med 12 fordelt over de sidste to år. Og flere af dem har været helt deroppe. Men nu er den klappet noget sammen. Hvilket skulle være helt normalt for denne. Så jeg gemmer resten i minimum fem år. Uanset hvad: Alle 12 flasker har været bedst lige ud af flasken. Den ændrer sig efter en halvt time på karaffel, men ikke bedre, bare anderledes.

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  • Clos Des Papes Vertical (Henry's Lake House): Decanted for 3 hours. 3rd wine of the tasting. This is sliky smooth and was developing over the hour it was being drunk. Still primary without secondary notes that you would expect. This will be a blockbuster in the future but I'm putting the rest away for 3-4 years before trying again.

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  • Clos des Papes 2000 and 2004-08 Vertical at Henry's Lakehouse (Candlewood Lake, Danbury CT): The 2007 followed the '08 and the difference was striking. This had a much fuller presence and a longer finish of dark red berries. The nose gave off some spices but this wine needs some time to gain those secondary notes but it should be a blockbuster.

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  • 2007 CDPs Tasting (Crystal Wines): Alcohol :: 15%
    Tasted Single blind. Double decanted for 5hrs. Oh yes, we're back to the traditional CDP territory. Very strong barnyard aromas that distinctive this among the rest. Earth, roasted herb intermixed with meat, sweet and spicy intense core. Quite fascinating if you like barnyard! As usual, this sensual Clos des Papes boost a powerful, intense core but remained elegance and pure. Fresh, layered with roasted and smoky complexity with inner 'perfume' of barnyard. Unctuous texture, charming and seductive juicy sweet finish. Excellent but this is overwhelming by the previous wine, the stunning Chaupin. 92-94

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  • Crystal Wines: 2007 CDP Tasting: Woot, lots of barnyard from the very first sniff - Liquorice, mocha, chocolate combine for a really nice bouquet, Very broad and dense mouthfeel that consist of ripe red & dark fruits, plums and a touch of earthiness, smoke cedar and meatiness. Structured, complex, layered, good length and indeed displayed interesting finesse - a complete and well made wine.

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  • Oh my goodness! Four hour decant before re-opening at Joe's Stone Crab, Chicago. Drank next to '07 Pegau and this put it away. All of the positives of the great '07 vintage and none of the fruity, over extraction of some.
    This is very drinkable now with time in decanter, but it should have a very long future. I'd guess this at 99-100 in 10 years.

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  • Still great, silky & smooth with so much power underneath.

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  • Opened this for my birthday and finished the evening with a 1998 d'Yquem.

    This wine is special, perhaps one of the finest CdP's i have ever tasted and given its youth, the best at this age ever. I have tasted and collected a number of '07 CdP's and this is the best to date.

    We decanted for about two hours, sipping it along the way and out of the gates you could tell this was Secretariat in liquid form. The color is great, the nose complex and robust. The first sip gives rise instantly to how good this wine is. There were four wine drinkers at the table drinking this for the first time and we all agreed - fruit driven, long lasting, and bursting of a panoply of rapidly evolving tastes. Mouth watering. Balanced. Full-bodied. Succulent. The adjectives kept coming and the only negative thing i can say is that i only had one bottle. The greatest struggle I will have will be sitting on the other 11 bottles in my cellar. This is going to be a great wine to watch mature over the next decade + if i have the will power to wait that long.

    I rated it a 98 only because i dont believe anything can be perfect - which keeps me searching and searching.

    This should be a bottle on your bucket list.

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  • %65 Grenache, %20 Mourvedre, 10% Syrah ve 5% Counoise kupajı.

    Kırmızı röfleler içeren orta yakut renkli. Burnu o denli zengin ve katmanlı ki aromaların tümünü yazmaya kalksak “yok artık” dedirtecek türden. Ahududu, nar, kiraz gibi kırmızı meyvelerin yanı sıra böğürtlen, mürdüm eriği, Frenk üzümü, peşi sıra keçiboynuzu, tatlı baharatlar, tütün kutusu, tütsü, grafit ve deri notları belirgin, topraksılık geri planda.

    Orta üstü bir yoğunluğa sahip gövdesi belirgin asiditesi, mükemmel fıçı entegrasyonu, kırmızı ve siyah taze meyve desteği ile olağanüstü bir denge içinde. Tüm gücüne rağmen damakta yumuşak, zarif ve ipeksi bir dokuya sahip. Uzun bitişinde meyve yoğunluğu 15,5 derecelik alkol oranının öne çıkmasına izin vermiyor.

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  • %65 Grenache, %20 Mourvedre, 10% Syrah ve 5% Counoise kupajı.
    Kırmızı röfleler içeren orta yakut renkli. Burnu o denli zengin ve katmanlı ki aromaların tümünü yazmaya kalksak “yok artık” dedirtecek türden. Ahududu, nar, kiraz gibi kırmızı meyvelerin yanı sıra böğürtlen, mürdüm eriği, Frenk üzümü, peşi sıra keçiboynuzu, tatlı baharatlar, tütün kutusu, tütsü, kurşun kalem ve deri notları belirgin, topraksılık geri planda.
    Orta üstü bir yoğunluğa sahip gövdesi b katranelirgin asiditesi, mükemmel fıçı entegrasyonu, kırmızı ve siyah taze meyve desteği ile olağanüstü bir denge içinde. Tüm gücüne rağmen damakta yumuşak, zarif ve ipeksi bir dokuya sahip. Uzun bitişinde meyve yoğunluğu 15,5 derecelik alkol oranının öne çıkmasına izin vermiyor.

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  • Rich, ripe, powerful, luscious - blackberries, cherries, and all sorts of good things. A beautiful wine. I tried this alongside a 2006 Alban Reva - both gorgeous wines that can only benefit from time.

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  • Clos des Papes Tasting (Great Wine Buys, Portland OR): The nose is full and complex, delivering cherries as well as salami and scents of tree bark in the forest. It's juicy on the palate, with a tart kick on the mid palate that I enjoy. Blackberries and limes deliver nicely, along with some rhubarb flavors. Big acidity dries things out fully, and a little bit of heat shows itself on the finish. Nice blackberry and citrus flavors linger on the finish. 90-

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  • 96-97 points. Opened the bottle and poured a small glass immediately to try it before decanting it. Big alcoholic nose and fairly closed = I wasnt that impressed (from 99+pp). Left it in the decanter for 3-4 hours and had it again - with food - and it made a huge difference. Still a big wine but much more open and very drinkable with a long after taste. Taste of licorice, blackberries and smoked meat. Still have 6 bottles left - which I look forward to tasting in the coming years.

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  • Closed. Leave for 3 years at least.

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  • To use a musical term for the nose, a bit 'sotto voce", whispering . But oh what a grand pallette of flavors in the mouth. Elegant, seamless, thoroughly enjoyable. the best Clos des Papes I have had to date.

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  • Diner au restaurant le formal aix
    Sommet de concentration et de complexité, tannins très suaves, bouche fruits noirs concentres et réglisse. Incroyable longueur
    Bouteille exceptionnelle

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  • Dreamtasting #2 (Restaurant de Watermolen, Kasterlee): Don't want to be nagging, but this was not my first disappointing Clos des Papes... Monolythic and heavy but simple bouquet. Grenadine lemonade, cherries, red cabbage. Soft and round, not very strong or impressive. Rather anonymous and plain, to tell you the truth. Closed phase? Off-bottle? Not my kind of wine! 15/20

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  • Popped and poured. Consumed with various Persian chicken and lamb dishes.

    Dark youthful purple. Begrudging nose mostly dark fruit driven, but with hints of spice and funk. Full bodied, tremendously viscous. Still tannic but not overly so. Very tight and ungiving on the palate. Sweet black fruit dominated. Medium finish. I sense the potential in this wine and think it will be fantastic, but without air or age, it just wan't giving much. I was a damn fool not to give this a day of breathing. Hold!!!!

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  • Le meilleur Clos des papes de la verticale. Exceptionnel de concentration et de structure en bouche. Le profil aromatique est encore limité, mais ce vin explosera au cours des prochaines années.

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  • Verticale de Clos des Papes
    À bouteille ouverte à cause d’une première bouteille légèrement bouchonnée, ce vin fut un peu controversé mais à mon sens, rien de moins que spectaculaire. On atteint un sommet dans les qualité identifiées chez les autres, en termes de fruit savoureux, de texture suave, de concentration et de finesse de tanins. Magnifique alliage de puissance et de finesse, déjà tellement bon et bien loin de son sommet. 95-97 pts

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  • From 375ml. Poured in glasses and allowed to get some air while we were finishing our Kir Royales on Valentine's Eve. This was rocking! This has much more of a black fruit profile and a much darker color than prior vintages. This is going to be great for a long time. I won't touch any of my 750ml bottles for several years, but I'll maybe try another 375ml in 2012.

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  • Awkward and disjointed at first, it improved with air, but still seemed relatively inexpressive and mute....Pleasant, but certainly expected more.

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  • Had this in a blind tasting and we were all stunned this was Clos des Papes. Very modern tasting. Sweet with plenty of kirsch. I sure hope this wine improves considerably in bottle because it was way too big tonight.

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  • Massive, could no believe this was clos DES blind

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  • This was "audouzed" for over six hours in the cellar with a glass pulled off. The wine sat poured in my wine glass for over an hour before having my first sip. The nose smells of dark berries and fruits. This is followed by scents of anise and other similar spices. The palate reveals pure currant and a blueberry / blackberry combo. I mean just delicious fruit! There are indefinable layers of complexity to my palate. Spice, fruit, garrigue, and everything delicious. The wine transitions seamlessly from start to finish. There is some minimal round tannin on the mouth-watering 12 + second finish. If you have more than 3 bottles you will not waste a bottle trying it now. This will only improve and will most likely warrant a classic score with time. Make no mistake this is delicious wine; and for my palate is not anywhere near being over the top. Just pure, perfectly ripe Châteauneuf. 93+ pts

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  • Naples Annual Boys Lunch: Dark sweet fresh berry nose, sweet almost lush nose.
    Nice density ripe with nice balance, more layers, sweet, will get better, young. creamy chocolate edge. A very pretty wine with plenty of ripe fruit. 96

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  • This is how a friend of mine described this fine wine after I served it to him blind: "Tonight it finally accured to me what complexity is in a wine. To see how Clos des Papes 07 can go from extreme amounts of hint of blackberry and blackcurrant on the noose with a hint off the more flavourfullness u get in vines from US and Australia, to more sweet english liqurice on to more raison, plum, prune like you get from portwine to end up in in pebar and burnt mocca . This complexity is nothing you can find ind wines from the US and Australia - somewhat a revelation for me and think, I feel happy that I said no to Amon Ra 2003 which I rate at 98-100, because Clos des Papes 2007 is a clean 100 points for me. GREAT WINE! (sorry for my spelling - I hope you get the sence of what I was trying to write :-))

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  • Just great. Needs 3-4 hours to open up, but this is a rich, heavily endowed Chateauneuf that will be magical in 10 years.

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  • Popped and poured. Over several hours in the glass the nose finally took shape, with spicy currants, cherry, and touch of tar. Deep, complex palate, very polished and high toned, but with enough a a acidity to keep from being heavy. Fine barely noticible tannin. Lots of ripe red and darkfruit flavors leading onto a lengthy, mildly hot finish, of earth and complex spice. This really needs a few years to come together, but interesting now.

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  • OCP4W VIII (WCC in Irvine, CA): – tasted non-blind over 25 minutes –

    NOSE: ripe; funky; dense; ripe boysenberry; smoky; could smell this for days; pretty freakin’ awesome.

    BODY: purple color of great depth; full bodied.

    TASTE: super ripe; leathery; spicy; good acid; blackberry/dark fruits/kirsch; ridiculous amounts of fruit concentration; huge wine; very well-balanced, which absolutely astounds me given the massiveness of this wine. 15% alc..; possibly the best CdP I’ve ever had.

    B: 50, 5, 14, 18, 9 = 96

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  • Tremendous balance, structure, and hedonistic fruit. WOW! 5+12+19+9 = 95

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  • Best wine we've ever had! Knowing its young we double decanted yesterday and drank just under half the bottle. Re-bottled, pumped out the air and finished today about 20 hours later. Deep dark and opaque in color. Wine is is very rich, all kinds of dark fruit. Yes there is fruit, fruit and more fruit, though reserved, smooth, multi-layered and yes rich and very pure. All this is rewarded with a long and very smooth finish. The fruit is a combination of dark berry, licorice, hint of cherry and some minerality. This wine is so pure, everything seems to be where it should. I can only imagine what will evolve after some significant aging. This was our second tasting, previous one about 6 months ago and the improvement remarkable. If you're going to drink now consider double decanting and opening well in advance of drinking. And then enjoy.

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  • Not many notes. Still very ripe and expressive and tasteful with a lot of sweetness. What struck me was that there was something you might want to call a bit dusty. Still a great wine with a long future.

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  • Consistent note. Slightly better.

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  • An evening with Clos des Papes (Againn, Washington DC): The showstopper. This wine is somewhat aberrant from the others, partly due to its bottle age and also partly due to the vintage. This bottle was opened about 7-8 hours prior to service and left to slow-oxidize. Darryl who generously provided the bottle had said that upon opening it was simply an explosive wine driven by that superlative sweet granache which will become the vintage's hallmark. Nevertheless, the wine still explodes on the nose with that royal kirsch composite seen in the 07 Mon Aieul and otherworldly 07 Janassee VV. Intense notes of licorice, dark chocolate, cherry and kirsch. The pitch is still a touch hollow but it has the structure and acidity to really flesh out with bottle age. If one is to nitpick, it lacks the nth degree and dimensionality of the Janassee VV which was to me an ungodly iteration of a young wine. This is confined amongst the mortality of vinous expression and I would put it a notch below the Mon Aieul and however two notches below the VV. However, what it lacks in laser like focus and pitch of fruit, I think it makes up for in dimensionality and complexity, elements which the VV likely will not excel at but the Mon Aieul may also develop. With more swirling, intoxicating elements of cracked pepper, boysenberry and rhubarb emerge. This wine is an absolute monster, but given its recent price escalation, I can only hope that the true drinker got in on the ground floor (what was it 89 dollars on pre-arival) for purchasing it, as the price has doubled (same could be said about MA and JVV).

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  • K&L Rhone Tasting Fall 2010 (K&L San Francisco): Complex nose (though a bit pruney) with nice garrigue, tasting very young with dark red fruit, anise, horse saddle, very weighty on the palate. Some heat on the very long finish. I could not spit!

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  • K&L Rhone Premium tasting (K&L, San Francisco): Very big nose with lots of pomegranate. Reminds me of a Turley zin. Palate is also similar: big, balanced, great acidity. Good, but would probably buy a Turley for the price.

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  • Premium 2007 Southern Rhone and 2006 Guigal Single Vineyard Cote Rotie (K&L Wines, San Francisco): Lighter color in this context. Fragrant but alcoholic smelling. Medium weight. Good sap, nice balance between the red fruit and garrigue, slight sweetness, but you can't escape the fact that this one also burns as it goes down. Not as offensive since it is recognizable Chateauneuf, but I still would not buy it given this (lack of) balance. What a shame for Clos des Papes, once (and by this I mean as recently as 2001) one of the most subtle, understated wines in the appellation. The previous note in the database says that this wine is "screaming", and this is accurate. I preferred it when it used its indoor voice.

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  • Opened around noon for evening dinner. At noon this was a focused laser of raspberry fruit and near perfect balance, just beautiful grenache expression. Slow-ox for 6 hours before serving. At dinner a bit of the classic CdP funk had crept in and the wine retained it's previous focus. Wonderful raspberry, kirsch and other dark fruit. Wow. Simply amazing, and it could even get better in a few years as the finish is now just the tiniest bit hot.

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  • This one is screaming.....so much so that it urged me to write a CT note. Please note that I only right notes for about one of every 50-100 bottles I consume so needless to say that this is and will be a classic CdP. Lovely rich grenache with huge floral notes and a soft, sweet palate of licorice, blackberry and lightly toasted vanilla. Very much not your father's CdP as this is solidly on the New World side of the line but either way....I LOVE IT. If you enjoy the likes of the 07 Mon Aieul, SQN or Alban, this one will do it for you in a major way.

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  • 14% alcohol, yet brother parker says in his note that the finished level is 15.5%. i gotta believe this is riper than you get from 14, but what do i know? plus, i don't care what the actual number is because this is an other worldly wine, miraculously in balance. believe the hype, and could this domaine be the king of CdP? can i get an amen? decanted and followed in the glass for over 6 hours. vibrant, full of black licorice, mild stank/garrigue (sic?), or whatever you call it. this is wonderful stuff. deep and complex without any heat or annoying vats of syrupy goop. it never shut down in the glass. i suppose this will age for dr big j time references. drink free of guilt, or hold until the pyramids crumble. maybe a perfect wine. 98+*

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  • After a powerful whiff of black berries, kirsch, tobacco and olive, the body is electrifying, intense and fills the mouth with flavors of black cherry, kirsch, black tea, fig, hoisin and tar. The finish is about a minute long, and the hoisin and tar can be a bit overwhelming and saturates the palate. However, there are redeeming factors that make it remarkably approachable and enjoyable considering its youth. Still, I would recommended for consumption between 2013 to 2033. 97+

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  • Oh my! my oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my this is gd wonderful wine! I of course know that this is a very young wine, and of course will have a very long life ahead of it, but I just had to pull the cork and see what this is like. The coulour itself is worth the price of admission, you can tell just by looking at it that you got something special here. Initially quite tight on the nose and palette (as expected), this wine EXPLODED after about 3 hours in the decanter. I shall pass on the usual descriptors, but I can assure you this wine is intense, complex and one of the most flavourful wines I've had in years. It's big, it's robust, but not over the top at all, just one of the most amazing wines I've had the pleasure to try. I know the drinking window is 30+ years, but if you like a wine that has lots of primary awesomeness to it, then pull a cork and enjoy!

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  • Clear Ruby
    On the Nose sweet cherry, eukalypthus, black pepper, plums
    On the Palate Blackberry, Black Cherry, Black pepperm Tobacco, Blackthorn, dark Chocolate.
    Long Finish

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  • From .375. Not quite sure it licked up to the hype. Long but also tight / closed. Would not touch again for three years.

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  • Blackish red. Tons of black cherry aromas, with roasted meat, soy sauce, and asian spice. Mouth feel and weight were great without being overly viscous. Lively acid and ultra ripe tannins with fruit and alcohol to match combine for a stellar balance. Would be difficult to guess this was a Rhone or a Central Coast wine. Long satisfying finish. I really enjoyed this, and look forward to trying one every couple of years.

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  • This amazing wine has a deep garnet color, with gray hues.
    Needs decanting prior drinking for at least two hours.
    Nose with animal notes, smoke, licorice, rubber and roast cofee.
    Totally full - bodied with well integrated tannins (ready to drink now, but with a very long ageing potential).
    Flavors of sweet cherries, charcoal, oak, chocolate, tar, cinnamon, black pepper and soy sauce.
    Very complex with an amazing structure.
    The finish lasts about 1 minute!
    Excellent!!! (97+).

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  • Drank this way too young but still an enjoyable experience. Decanted and had the wine over 2 days. Once this one got some air, it was very silky, almost approaching seductive. The nose was fragrant, offering licorice, sugared blackberries, and at times, a little barnyard funk. The palate was more austere with blackberry, earth and pepper notes. The tannins were dry and somewhat obtrusive on the finish, and the alcohol was noticeable at the end. Overall, this wine has great upside potential, and I would love to try it again in another 5+ years.

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  • Nose of fresh red berries with some blood with coaxing. On the palate, this wine shines. Very elegant - that's the word I keep coming back to. Medium finish. Clearly improved with time in the glass. We drank from a 375 and just about the time it began to shine we were finished. Clear upside here. 93++

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  • Very nice, deep, sweet nose, slightly light red, soft, plenty of fruit but slightly hidden, somewhat port-like, nice long aftertaste

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  • My, oh my. The aroma of this wine fills the room like Rhone potpourri. On the palate, smooth rushes of candied cherry fruit, allspice, and (after a couple hours' decant) a hint of vanilla custard on the 60+ second finish. Big, but not overpowering -- perfect with seared tuna steaks. True joy now, and I can only imagine what this will be like in 3-4 more years.

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  • Opened for 12 hours and decanted for four. Fruit forward, with an exceptional finish. Only complaint may be a bit of flabbiness on the mid-palate.

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  • Much ink has been spilt over this in the past few months. One camp stating that it's the greatest thing since 47 cheval blanc and others arguing that it is like a hookers convention: full of glamour but devoid of anything you'd want to bring home. I can see both arguments.

    65pc grenache, 20pc mourvedre, 10 pc syrah. 15pc alcohol. Destemmed. No filtering. 25hl/h yield. 50y old vines on avg. 3.65ph.

    Muted on the nose - shows that the wine has entered its closed down phase? Still pretty rich fruits and kirsch.

    Bright red color with transparency at the rim.

    Palate is much more opened. Very big and very long, though the alcohol is not too noticeable. Vincent avril is pretty convinced this will be comparable to 1990 in due time. I think he's right but it will never be a subtle/understated sort of wine.

    Needs another 8 years at least before it gets approachable.

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  • Berry Bros 2008 Rhone tasting (1 Great George Street, London): Has developed a sweet liquorice nose and palate compared to the 08. That lovely sweet black fruit is there again, but I just have a slight concern over whether this wine has the structure to age as well as one might hope.

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  • This is the third bottle of this I've had in the last 4 months and it is the best. Didn't show as much animal aromas as the other two. Much more elegant also.

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  • Double decanted for 16 hours. Almost black in color. Nose of boysenberries, blackberries, meat, and herbs. This is just sublime on the palate as it glides across with utmost precision. The fruit comes in layers and is so so powerful, but not out of balance, grilled meat juice, tamarind chutney, herbs, and espresso. The finish is long and powerful lingering black pepper and espresso. This will be something special in a few years.

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  • Dark red. Faboulous nose with very intense and pure cherries, very essence-like. Also shows some dried herbs, plenty of licorice and blood. In the mouth this seems very primary and young, but also with a seamless quality that makes it quite easy to drink already. This was clearly in better shape than the last bottle I had, but also less secondary. When this matures I can ultimately see it hitting 98 or even 99 pts.

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  • Uncorked DK does 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Aarø & Co): Red, a bit lighter. Complex and very deep nose with cinnamon, pine needles, raw meat and blood. The taste is nice and the wine seems quite seamless with lots of intensity, raspberrry fruit and nuts. Has a good long aftertaste with dried herbs and licorice. I remember there being some discussion in the group as to whether this was a stellar bottle or perhaps slightly off - some tasters which have had it before couldn't recognize it. I loved it for its complexity and elegance, but it might have been a bit prematurely matured. (U95,3)

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  • Too young now, but what potential. Not revealing much today, expect more in future years. Resist opening.

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  • Was going to bring this bottle to a wine tasting that got snowed/slushed out. I had already opened the bottle that morning so decanted it and began drinking it with Debbie about two hours later (ok, maybe I had a little before she got there). Initial impressions: opaque, concentrated, powerful, silkly, young. Complex nose of spice, leather, some fruit (blackberry, plum). Purity on the palate with mutued fruit and earth/spice notes. Strong tannins that began to release as the night progressed. Silkly smooth with a long finish, full bodied. Very impressive wine but hard to rate for me. Currently I would put it at a 94 but its a baby. Parker puts it at 99+ and I assume it will get there or close. Hope so because I stocked up.

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  • 2007 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Frankrijk, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Kleur: Diep donkerrood, veel concentratie Aroma / bouquet: Vrij gesloten, verhulde complexiteit. Rood maar vooral donker fruit, iets gedroogd fruit, mooi geïntegreerd hout maar ook vurenhout en boenwas / wierook, kruidig als laurier en peper. Ook bloesem, rozen. Smaak / Afdronk: Dik en geconcentreerd, veel kracht. Krachtige zuren, uitgesproken maar prachtig mooie rijpe tannines, veel structuur. Opvallende lengte. Algemeen / potentieel: Prachtig krachtig glas maar nog absolute kindermoord. 50 + Kleur: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 13 + Smaak / Afdronk: 17 + Algemeen / potentieel: 8 = 93/100

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  • Perfumy, full with pine scents. Black tea on the nose. Immense and powerful on the entry. Huge fruit and big in the mouth. Ripe, baked cherries and other red berries. Licorice and hickory, held together with firm tannins. Could live forever!

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  • Fantastic CDP. Better than 2003, 2005, 2006. Needs time in decanter. Was better second day. Can't get any better.

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  • Wonderful nose of red berries. Cherry, redcurrant and raspberry. Typical, but restrained garrigue notes. On the palate this is tremendously balanced and refined with a nice extract sweetness. Unbelievably there is NO trace of tannins. In spite of that the wine is very concentrated and has an enormous length. On the palate the red berry profile is intensified by a great freshness that clearly derives from the Grenache. You can feel that there is still a lot of complexity hidden in the depth of this wine. Time will unveil a lot more. 94++ P.

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  • Mørk fyldig farge. Sterk og rund duft av mørke bær. Fruktbombe i munnen er ett dekkende begrep. Silkebløtt anslag med dyp,fyldig og sødmerik smak (og den sitter lenge).
    Kan vanskelig se hvordan Cdp kan bli bedre enn dette. Inntrykket var (nesten skuffende) fullkomment.

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  • I foolishly opened this, thinking I could replace the bottle if I liked it. No such luck, at least at the price I bought it. Nose is difficult for me to describe. A bit Amarone in nature, with some light pepper, hint of olive and loads of other stuff I can't peg down. Very complex. I didn't find anything approaching the barnyard/brett mentioned by the previous reviewer. On day 1, the palate was extremely approachable and smooth. Day 2, it tightens a bit but opens back up. Long, long finish with just a bit of heat and a fair amount of tannins, both of which I'm hoping blow off as this ages. Looking back at the prices I paid for earlier vintages, this has certainly seen a heady increase.

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  • Three premium 2007 Chateauneufs: Barnyard brett with a touch of sulfur on the nose; big, ripe, sweet, fairly candied, syrupy cherry, some out of place med acidity on the finish (relative to the ripeness level of the wine), along with a touch of what I perceive as alcohol spice. The level of ripeness obliterates whatever CdP character might be expected, turning it into just another overripe grenache that could come from anywhere. The one saving grace is that it hasn't been knocked over the head with new oak.

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  • Très très jeune..... ouvert à la dernière minute. Seulement carafé 2 heures. Aurait mérité quelques heures supplémentaire. Nez vraiment sublime, rempli de variante. Tantôt cerises, tantôt herbes et épices, tantôt minérale.... Très complexe. En bouche, un peu timide au début, mais ô combien riche en saveurs !! Le degré d'alcool ne ne fait absolument pas sentir. Les tannins sont déjà très soyeux et enjôleurs. Un équilibre tout simplement parfait Encore là épices se succèdent. Pruneaux, figues, cerises noires, kirsh et je pourrais continuer. Finale tout simplement magnifique, d'une belle longueur, tout en finesse. Très hâte d'en ouvrir une autre dans quelques années ! 93pts.

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  • subtle nose, some meat and soy, feels closed. Bit of medicinal cherry comes out on nose with more air. Palate is very full with pepper and savory meaty notes, and good fruit too. 92 now because it's closed, would love to see what this turns into someday.

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  • For me this is a bit of a contentious wine. I know a lot of people are going gaga for this wine (and I have bought a case of it) but judging from last night, I have serious concerns - which I hope will be proven wrong with age! Dense and dark nose - but over ripe. There is a lot happening on the nose but this goes beyond sur maturite into raisins for my palate. With air, the wine got a bit of a sweaty pits thing happening which I did not really warm to - it became more flabby in the glass as time went on. On the palate this wine gives a good impression of a Turley Zin - both with its high alcohol and sweet jammy and open knit style. It feels over ripe in the mouth but does possess absolute purity of fruit and huge ripeness. Velvety smooth but felt a bit flabby and porty to me. At the moment this wine is not to my taste - however I have high hopes (and a vested interest!) that in time the wine will close down and when it emerges the porty character will be seen as a delicious element in a mature wine. score - ???, but I hope it will be great one day - it just is not there currently.

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  • very young, but reallly nice. Night 1, lovely soft strawberry. Night 2, more settled and earthy. Decanted for 6 hours.

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  • Couldn't resist so I opened one and guess what? It wasn't a mistake!

    Very primary, the wine is already absolutely sumptuous in a satiny, rich style that cling to the imaginatioin even longer than it clings to the palate. Medium ruby with a dark core, the nose presents with aromas of black currents, creamy plum-torte (I recommend the NY times recipe), and then hints of shellac, tobacco and pepper. But however beguling the nose, this wine really soars on the palate, which is exceptionally complex for a young CDP: a richness of sweet fruit but with the acidity and soft tannins to create a remarkable balance. Best Clos des Papes I've tried at this age since I started trying them young!

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  • This is the real deal - beautiful young wine. Impressed with the combination of silkiness, power, and flavors that are woven together into the wine. Kirsch, meat, red fruit, a hint of mint, spice. Had same flavors the second night (stored the 375ml in the cellar with cork in), so agree that this can age a long time.

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  • Very earthy aroma with medium fruit. Big and powerful, with good acid, solid tannins but not hard, cherries, floral, minerals, and meat on the tongue. Still very young and didn't display its full range of complexity. But really excellent now and am looking forward to seeing how it evolves.

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  • Sappy, almost syrupy raspberry & kirsch. Lush & concentrated. Very young & very primary. Could be great?

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  • Decanted and drank over 5 hours. Very complex nose with mint, iodine, oregano, nutmeg, lavender, cherry and raspberry. A couple of times I also caught some heat on the nose. While I enjoyed the nose, I thought the body was the most impressive component of this wine. The tannins are big, but they are not chewy. In fact, they are silky smooth. And the acidity is crisp, but not tart. The palate has an initial burst of sweet cherry kirsch, blackberries and some heat. That evolves to figs, mocha, coffee and iodine. Drank the same from start to finish, but still very complex. While I think it is a bit too sweet now on the front palate, it is a compelling wine that will get even better as the fruit mellows. I think the Janasse VV is a better drinker now, but this is a more profound wine that will probably be better in the long run.

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  • Amazing texture here was the primary element, like a silk brocade where the softness was interwoven with more structured tactile elements. Loads of dark fruit, a surprising acidic balance. Very harmonious.

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  • Impromptu tasting @ Peter Z. (Belgium): A wine that left me open-mouthed. In utter confusion. Enormous amarone-like sweetness and draconian concentration. Huge blobs of plum marmelade, chocolate covered cherries, 'katjesdrop' (~ sweet licorice), cinnamon. Showy and pretentiously perfumed. No finesse at all, but brutal force, concentration, complexity and structure. This wine is a monster!
    One tiny problem: while I am writing this, I keep wondering and still do not know whether I actually LIKE it....

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  • Black fruit, kirsch and a whiff of alcohol in the nose. Initially this is all about warm, sweet, tasty fruit, but after a day of breathing the palate becomes a tad more complex, with hints of pepper, spices, leather, coffee, liquorice etc. The massive, but suave tannins are still hidden by the primary fruit. The high alcohol content is barely noticeable. Ditto for the refreshing acidity. Not over the top or one dimensional in any way, just very very young. I doubt it will ever close down, but on the other hand those with patience will undoubtedly be rewarded with a different, more complex wine a few(?) years from now.

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  • As good as it gets!

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  • Great fruit: ripe, pure, fresh - the hallmark of the 07 vintage. Limited aromatic complexity at this stage, but clear hints that it will develop that. Seamless and length.

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  • Beautifull nose of meaty, iodine, clou de girofle and a hint alcohol... ripe red fruit, juicy fruit, very very long aftertaste!!

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  • Young and great juice. Very full bodied and lush, but not overdone. Elegant complexity, soft tannin. So extremely good now, but I don't give the perfect score, because otherwise I must drink all my bottles today or tomorrow.

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  • From a half bottle, ran this through the vinturi then left it in glass for 4 hours: Heavyweight nose. Smells like a fresh piece of suede leather that has been recently dyed using blackberries, blueberries and plums. Hints of wet cigar, bloody raw beef and cedar also show through. Sits like leaded velvet in the mouth, the spiciness of the wine immediately shows as soon as it hits your tongue with rich ripe blackberry that increases in intensity and climaxes somewhere in the mid-palate. Pencil lead, rich dark fruits and light raw beefiness sit on the palate and carry on for a good amount of time in the finish with strong acidity and strong but approachable tannins. This is a high intensity, decently complex, rich and beautiful wine. The only thing taking away from the experience for me is the alcoholic heat, this wine does a good enough job at covering it up on the finish with it's strong tannins and spiciness but it can still be felt. I will be buying a few to sit on until maturity.

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  • 100 point dinner in Sweden. Much younger but with lots of promise. Big power, big fruit and great aromatics but still with elegance. Impressive.

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  • Dark purple colored, violet rim. The nose very saturated dark fruit lavender very complex. Full bodied, has everything a wine needs, nice velvety ripe fruit, good ripe tannins and a bit of sweatness, lasts for 45 sek+, I'm normaly not fond of blockbuster wines but this one does it for me. Only problem I found it a bit hot/overecstracted, but then again the wine was served a bit to warm. It will probably deserve a perfect score in 10 years. Prefer this wine to Da Capo03 by miles.

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  • Je n'aime pas spécialement me faire le perroquet des Parker et cie. J'avoue même que j'aurais pris un peu de plaisir à jeter mon pavé (bon, mon petit caillou?) dans la mare des bonnes critiques. Mais je m'incline, voici un grand Châteauneuf.

    Le nez est discret avec un coté floral suave (lavande?) qui laissera place à des aromes plus classiques de viande grillée et de garrigue, avec du fruit noir, de la réglisse. L’attaque est d’une précision remarquable. La texture est très belle, presque veloutée, ce qui étonne pour un vin dit « traditionnel » qui ne voit donc pas de bois ou si peu. Le vin est dense, le fruit d’une belle pureté, il montre de la concentration tout en laissant une impression de finesse. On sent toute la puissance contenue, qui dort derrière des tanins de grande qualité (le lendemain les tanins sont beaucoup plus évidents, témoins qu’une longue garde est de mise) . Rien ne dépasse, le vin est élégant et extrêmement bien fait. La finale finement ciselée est longue et d’une finesse digne des meilleurs. 96 pts (+?)

    Sera-t-il un vin "parfait" un jour comme Parker le laisse entendre? Franchement, je l’ignore. Mais c'est vraiment très, très bon! Plus ouvert que le 2003 au même stade.

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  • Having picked up my case from the domaine, I couldn't resist opening one. Decanted one hour. Deep red colour, flirting with black. Perfectly delicious, in the heavyweight categoryand style. It's very much the "iron fist in a velvet glove" - power and elegance. The fruit is very dark, kirsch like, pure and intense. It almost, but not quite, conceals the 15.2% alcohol, on the nose and the finish. The finish is long and spicy. Perfectly approachable now for those, like me, who can't afford to wait 20 years or more for the finished article. exc
    Returning to the bottle after 24 hours, what started in the heavyweight category has moved to Sumo, while remaining perfectly well mannered in the Clos des Papes tradition. In particular the finish has filled out - beautifully spicy, tannic and long.

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