bright colour, hint of maturity. Fresh elegant nose, hints of herb and leather, restrained at first on palate but fruit developed with time decanter into a delicious balanced wine with plenty of depth. Plenty of time left.
Nose: Savory and balanced with black fruits, black cherries, lavender, kirsch, hot stones, Provençal spices, funk, and some violets. There is great depth and style that harkens to a more classic style.
Taste: Medium bodied with silky tannins. The feel is very balanced with black cherries, Provençal spices, black fruits, funky notes, and violets on the back end.
Overall: This is a gorgeous Clos des Papes. It shows the funkier side with a good amount of black fruits.
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(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 1995 Chateauneuf du Papes Blindtasted: Group's #3, my #5, 128 pts. - lovely, redolent, earthy, dried cherry nose with a hint of sage; tasty, mature, black fruit, dried cherry palate; long finish 95+ points
(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf du Pape) This has quite a youthful, dense colour. Meaty, red fruit and strange plastic nuances on the nose. On the palate this is structured, dense, and seamlessly put together. Soft tannins and meaty, acetone-laced fruits. I like this wine - but then I did buy a case at the domaine in 1997.
(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf du Pape) A vibrant, bright red-garnet hue, with absolutely no sign of age. The nose is initially dominated by aromas of rubber, although there soon appear pleasing aromas of dark cherry fruits, meat and leather, with some roasted herbs. Full bodied, with firm and dark fruits on the palate, with correct acidity, good tannins and lovely texture. Shows great balance especially towards the endpalate, which has an edge of spice. There's plenty of life in this wine yet. Drink over the next 7-10 years.
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