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 50

  • Slaz Does not like this wine: 88 points

    January 19, 2020 - Some improvement relative to my last tasting in 9/2017, but fundamentally this is a highly ripe and alcoholic style of CDP, with minimal complexity. Tasted over 4 hours of decanting. Terrible value, with money better spent on Beaucastel and/or other varietals and makers.

  • Schiffy Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 17, 2020 - Unusually expressive and fruit forward, this Clos des Papes has bright berry fruit but still has its old world bones of tobacco, coffee and forest floor on the finish. Despite the contrast, this wine is nicely balanced and drinking very well right now.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • 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
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    LE MILLÉSIME… The 2016s from the Southern Rhône (Part 1), 8/28/2018 (link)

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    Châteauneuf du Pape: The Lively 2013s and Lush 2012s (Apr 2015), 2/1/2015 (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 317 (6%)
  • In Cellars 4,206 (80%)
  • Consumed 752 (14%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

bison, duck confit

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