Red

2016 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Drink between 2023 - 2040 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 38

  • poppacork wrote:

    July 4, 2020 - Very modern and fruit forward with cherry, plum, and strawberry accented by some garrigue and a subtle gamey note. Nicely aromatic and full bodied with decent structure.

    Calineuf-du-pape.

  • BradA Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 25, 2020 - Plenty of kirsch and cherry on the nose. A deep deep core showing tar bramble and some scorching. After two hours the intensity remains. The alcohol level is elevated as it’s young so the wine dries a bit on the back end.
    Night 2: the nose shows a bit of tar. The wine is very smooth and easy with good depth. A bit of bite on the finish, but it maintains elegance. A lot to like here.

    Should be a stunner— drink from 2026-2040. I am inclined to let mine rest near term.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • WineGuyFL Likes this wine: 96 points

    April 6, 2020 - First bottle of 6. Opened for 90 minutes, but no decant. This is a great wine right now, but might improve a little with age. Might be slightly better than two other vintages (2006 & 2007) that I have had in inventory. The similarity and consistency among the three vintages is very high.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • Cailles wrote: 95 points

    April 5, 2020 - Another stunner from probably the best vintage ever. It has all the traits of this fine vintage: the pure blue and black fruit, the superb freshness and a great balance. Points deducted as it showed some hints of alcohol at times on the nose and as it is quite bold (more so than a bottle a year ago). But overall great to drink and an even greater promise. Ranks almost on par with the Clos St. Jean Deus Ex Machina (96 pts) and a tad behind the Barroche Pure (98 pts) and the Usseglio Deux Freres (97). Out of the 13 vintages of Clos des Papes I‘ve had so far, this is my clear #1.

    On the nose ripe dark and blue fruit, some red fruit hints, crushed wet slate. Sweet and inviting with a hint of alcohol showing here and there but not disturbing too much. Sensational on the palate with lots of blue, black and red fruit, yes ripe but so fresh and pure. Some earthy and mineral aromas as well as spices also noticeable. Superb freshness, just a perfect acidity, mountains of fine tannins, superb length, good to very good complexity and very high precision.

    TN: No decant needed in this early fruit phase.

    10 people found this helpful Comments (2)
  • poppacork wrote:

    December 24, 2019 - Bruised strawberries and vanilla with touches of balsamic and violets. Acidity is slightly elevated which combines with the bruised strawberry notes to make this a bit odd for me. Not really my style of wine.

    Edit: my impression of this wine improved dramatically on day 2. The wine came into better balance, picked up body, and the bruised strawberry note transitioned into something closer to ripe cherry.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • 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 3760043540044, 3760043540075, 3760043540082, 3760043540099, 3760043540136, 3760043540167, 4000130846475, 762413540022, 785255006693

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 813 (12%)
  • In Cellars 5,636 (83%)
  • Consumed 370 (5%)

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Community Recommendations

Beef, Duck, Game, Lamb, Veal

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87% Like It  23 votes

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