Perfect bottle in perfect condition. This is really suprising. Not only the best bottles of 1990 Clos des Papes I ever had, but the best bottle of Clos des Papes. Round, lush with great purity, poise and length. Exploding Flavors and a style that reminds of top burgundy. Of course it should be drunk up, because you never now what's the condition of a bottle unless you pulled the cork. This bottle however could have been cellared for a decade or more, but a bottle one year ago which probably was corked and oxidized had a cork in poor condition.
Alarmed by recent tasting notes from RP (Hedonist's Gazette) that this wine has falling apart and is maderized, I tried this today. Unfortunately the bottle was flawed. For me it was corky, not oxidized. I hope this. I have one bottle left and will try it in the next few month.
Compared to the Vieux Telegraphe sweeter nose, more fruit, less secondary notes. Dry, elegant style, good grip, very fresh, rich and powerful, great length and balance. Still pretty backward with quite some life left. Absolutely no rush. An impressive wine. 93-95+
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(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf du Pape) An incredibly good condition cork here, pale, solid and with no travel of colour up the sides at all. The colour is mature, but still with plenty of red pigment. Great meaty fruit on the nose, with leather, tobacco and game, and also the faintest hint of mushroom. Nicely textured at the start, still with a good substance despite its age. Full, bold, this is no shrinking violet. Indeed it shows quite a firm character in its build, with a solid backbone, and it is still showing some tannins, all ripe and velvety, with high-toned fruit nuances alongside, tinged with violets and sweetness. Great acidity too giving it a good frame in the mouth. Brighter than the meaty-fruit nose suggested, with elements of peach and aromatic fruit with it. A firm finish. Long although a little raw in terms of grip at the end, the ever-so-slightly disjointed alcohol showing through I think. This is unlikely to get any better from here I feel, although my data points on this estate, with bottles at this age at least, are limited I admit.
(Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Dark garnet red color with a little cloudiness; VA, berry, berry compote, plum and black fruit nose; rich, mature and plush berry, plum and horseradish palate with soft caramel notes; medium-plus finish
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