Quite deep compared to other vintages. It was the most concentrated and rich one among the ones we tried in the cellar. It shows a bit of leather, animal, liquorice notes. Full bodied and high tannin. It is a bit closed towards the finish. Vincent said being closed is a good sign, which means this is a wine capable of ageing more interestingly. 16% alcohol.
--- COLOR: Deep ruby-garnet, with ruby rim, translucent. NOTE: PnP smells like Flintstone's Vitamins, no joke! But that's at about 50 degrees. As the wine warms up it loses the fake candy note and starts to show its bad self. I Coravin'd this into my Riedel Somm Burgundy glass since it was already in use and it's acting like a de-facto decanter, and a mighty good one at that. Gives me a good bead on the color and nose. With minimal time it's already filling the massive bowl with amazing red forest berry fruits, serious kirsch, garrigue, tar, and rosewood dust. I've never been a big fan of Clos de Papes reds, but this is shaping up to be something special.
I don't have enough time to let this evolve throughout an entire day (which it deserves), but I will tell you this: No heat anywhere. Nose is just plump and lush with deep mountain berry fruits, super-concentrated. All the same other elements mentioned earlier in this note are still present. Mouth is rich, round and opulent. It's like a liqueur of small wild mountain strawberries, mixed with some fine herbs, hints of cabin smoke. Delicious. The finish carries the same profile but does clamp down with a tannic bite, though it's lovely at 30+ seconds. This is an amazing CdP now and will just benefit from 2-5 years of aging. Give it a nice decant now and you won't be disappointed.
Put this thing with some grilled meats and watch out. It's good on its own but begs for some food to slice with its tannins.
Needed an hour in the decanter to come around, but you can tell there is still a lot of aging before this wine hits its peak. Tons of bright red fruits, layered, with some spice, dried herbs, nice acidity and a 30 second finish.
Tasted upon opening around midday, then after approximately seven hours decanting, with dinner, and again during the late evening. Approachable and enjoyable upon opening, featuring pure sweetness of fruit, sappy garrigue, assorted cracked peppercorns, meatiness, smoke, minerality, and crushed rocks. By dinner, the bouquet showed Syrah-like elements but the palate was Grenache driven, quite interesting. Exceptional concentration, weight, and richness. Though more layers, structure, and grip had come forward, the wine was still mostly a primal, sweet, approachable powerhouse, with noticeable alcohol. By late evening this elixir began to reveal hints of truly profound depth and complexity. Notes of smoke, ash, herbs, olive grove, garrigue, ink, and tar wafted in and out.
Overall, the wine's core is incredibly dense and tightly wound, but it's crust and mantle (comparing this mind-bending potion to the earth's layers seems appropriate), particularly its concentrated sweetness and rounded mouthfeel, are ridiculously enjoyable. In other words, the wine is too primal at present to reveal its real depth, but its periphery is so deliciously appealing that it might actually pass for core substance. Unlike other tasters, I noticed the alcohol, but my palate is sensitive to sharp alcohol. However, once the core unwinds, many, many moons from now, the alcohol will likely fully integrate because of the wine's density. There's no reason not to sample a bottle now, as it is crazy enjoyable, but its true complexity will likely remain hidden for seven to ten years or more. Time will tell, but a score of 98 is possible with cellaring.
The wine looks garnet colored. The legs are slow. There is moderate sediment in the bottle. It smells like blackberry, blueberry, mineral, stoniness, oak and violet. The body is full. The wine has bright texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has medium acidity. Decanted for 1 hr. Tried Vacuvin on a taste, but stripped its intensity. A great Clos des Papes,= or better than the ethereal 2003. Will need 10 years to hit its stride.
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