September 17, 2020 - Taking one glass direct from the opened bottle. Dark concentrated fruit. Cherry for sure but also tar and liqourice. Nothing extra at this point.
Waits for several hour and nothing much happened. Raisin evolved. That is NOT my favorite taste in a wine. Right now this is really bad QPR but maybe it will mature. 88.
August 8, 2020 - Un nez d’épices et d’anis, avec du fruit noir, qui m’amène tout de suite sur son appellation. La bouche est pleine, chaleureuse et épicée, puissante et fine à la fois. C’est riche, encore bien jeune, mais l’équilibre est admirable, rien ne dépasse. Un grand Chateauneuf. 93-95 pts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 13, 2019 - In a blind tasting of 8 CDP 2016 wines, cherry, vanilla, crushed stones, minerals, iodine and pastry cream dominated this medium weight silky smooth wine. Once revealed, the Clos des Papes seemed a disappointment considering I had scored this 96 six months earlier. Bottle variance? I can't recommend this to anyone considering it's $138 CAD price tag at the moment. I will definitely try again in 2020. Drink over the following decade.
November 2, 2019 - The sweet yet formidable tannins are certainly in ascendancy because the wine took several hours to open. Though it is even harder than I remember, its impressive hallmarks remain—purple-tinged color, classic rich nose and deep, layered and powerful flavors. This is not your typical “Burgundian” Clos de Papes. Think instead of the 2010 vintage on steroids! Again this will need a decade of rest before the monumental wine emerges. 99+ points.
October 20, 2019 - Very tight day 1 despite 4 hour decant. Hold. Much better day 2. NR