Red

2012 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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Community Tasting Notes 48

  • JJYoyo Likes this wine: 90 points

    July 28, 2019 - Have to agree with others that this is not the Avril family’s best. A lot of earth tones that obscure what could have been a great wine just buried underneath. Hints of roast beef, raspberry, and leather that tell you this is made by a great producer, but it just fell a little short this time. That said, this is still enjoyable. It is not a bad wine, but could have been a lot more.
    Score : 90-91. Relative to expectations: -

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • jrh82 Likes this wine: 91 points

    May 2, 2019 - Finally, a good CdP. Been let down by several vintages but 2012 brought the goods. Very elegant. Rose petals on the nose. Smooth tannins. Burgundian almost.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • WineGuyDelMar Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 22, 2019 - Very dark color with berry nose. Medium/heavy mouth feel with lots of extraction. I decanted this for 3 hours. My feeling is the wine is too young and will open up more with time. A little one dimensional at this point but a big Wine which I like. Will try another bottle in 4-6 months.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Cailles wrote: 94 points

    April 20, 2019 - Clos des Papes Vertical: A few conclusions: 1) The wines showed consistently on a good to very good level. 2) The wines have great ageing potential - the 1975 was still singing. 3) If you like almost port wine like ripeness (and high alcohol) you find great wines in the 2000s, for my palate this is just too much (the 2007 vintage with 100 points from the Parker team got a pretty low score from me). 4) More recent vintages show less ripeness, more balance and elegance (although less so in really hot years like in 2015). 5) The 2016 is exceptionally good. Definitely a must buy. Probably the most promising CDP I've had so far. 6) Clos des Papes offers good value for money.

    TN: I've had this wine a few times after its release and it developed well since then. This is an opulent wine with layers of dark red fruit, some underbrush, coffee, cacao, some first nice signs of age with some barnyard, truffle scents. With all its opulent fruit is still a fresh and balanced wine thanks to a high and well-integrated acidity. Alcohol level and ripeness, which are a problem in the 2007 and 2015 vintage, are much better kept in check here. A good wine which doesn't need any decanting to shine.

    7 people found this helpful Comment
  • joshabramson Likes this wine: 92 points

    March 3, 2019 - A fine wine, but nothing memorable. I was a little disappointed, not as much here as other vintages of Clos des Papes.

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    LE MILLÉSIME… The 2016s from the Southern Rhône (Part 1), 8/28/2018 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Clos des Papes
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Southern Rhône
  • Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • UPC Codes 071570025366, 3760043540044, 3760043540075, 3760043540082, 3760043540099, 3760043540129, 3760043540136, 4000123808565, 638171012012, 762413540022, 848169103435

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 330 (6%)
  • In Cellars 4,238 (81%)
  • Consumed 653 (13%)

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