I'm really enjoying this -- it's in a great spot right now. Very fruit forward, I can see why some people who prefer a classic style CpD, but I find this to be very elegant and light on it's feet, while still having plenty of fruit and complexities from it's age. Buying more now... at $75/bottle this is a steal in my opinion.
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(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Group's #3 (my #4) – 48 pts.; 2, 0, 3, 0 - bricking, medium dark ruby color; brett, tart berry, tart plum nose; brett, tart red berry, tart plum palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points
(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf du Pape) Not the densest of colours when poured, although it has an appealing dark cherry hue, with a fading rim. The nose is really rather muted at first, before it develops some horsey aromas, and a stewed, slightly grassy-tinny, sticking plaster kind of fruit. There is Brett here for sure, and it dominates in this bottle. The palate has a good texture and weight, there is a little sweetness to it, but also a rather sour character, and a sharp structure, especially at the finish. This is surely not a representative bottle, so a second was opened - and this was better. It took a little while to open up, but it revealed admittedly muted aromas of wild and savage fruit, animalistic, but it has a different, much more appealing style than the first bottle, together with notes of hot stones and hung game. On the plate, veering towards monolithic at first, all texture without any generosity, but then brighter, more defined, showing a little more vivacity with deeply characterful fruit with just a gamey, meaty tinge, backed up by lots of polished extract and substance. This is still a very youthful style, and there is a lots of unresolved spice and tannin in the finish. Yes it is drinkable now, and there are many good points, but it is certainly a wine still on the way up. I have scored on the basis of the second bottle alone, hoping that this was just bad luck rather than a systematic issue with variation or Brett.
(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Group's #3 (my #2) – 69 pts; 0, 2, 3, 0 – Medium raspberry red color with pale meniscus; nice spicy plum and currant nose; charcoal, graphite, smoky black fruit and sage on palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.