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2004 Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Blend - France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape - Red

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape

Red Rhone Blend
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Clos des Papes is indisputably one of the reference points for premium Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Owned by the Avril family, who has been making wine in Chateauneuf-du-Pape since the beginning of the 18th century, this property maintains its distinction of premier status not only because of its exceptional product, but also due to the generosity and graciousness of its owners - Paul (father), Vincent... More »

Score
WA 95
94
JR 17.5
IWC 94
WS 96
Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2019 WA: 2014-2024 WS: 2006-2030
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IWC 94
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 130

($79) Deep ruby. Pungent spice and floral notes accent bright red berry and cherry aromas. Deep, fleshy and sweet, with musky underbrush and garrigue adding complexity to the bright, intense red berry flavors. Very rich, in fact one of the more powerful wines of the vintage, with excellent depth and sweetness. The finish is chewy and strikingly long. Avril compares this one to 1995 in quality.

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JR 17.5
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2014-2024

Bright ruby. Bloody, meaty, very sweet and jewelly nose - though much less rich and more transparent than the Etienne Gonnet. Still quite youthful. Dry finish. Very appetising.

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WA 95
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 211
Drink Dates 2014-2024

One of the standouts in the vintage, Paul-Vincent's 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape is a gorgeous effort that does everything right. Both elegant and rich, with complex kirsch, garrigue, underbrush and saddle-leather aromas and flavors (among other things), this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, no hard edges and an overall seamless, elegant profile that makes it such a joy to drink. Upfront and ready to go, it will nevertheless continue to evolve gracefully for another decade.

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WS 96
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2006-2030

Amazingly refined, with a pure, silky current of raspberry ganache and cassis flavors that glides along supple tannins. Hints of mocha, mineral and garrigue check in on the long, pure finish. Has serious structure for the long haul. All about balance and finesse. 6,880 cases made.

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Author Edward O88
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.987%
Tasted On 10/05/2013
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Author PurpleTeeth
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.391%
Tasted On 03/16/2013
Drink Dates 2009-2019

96 points. Opened in honor of our new Pope, Francis I. This completely surpassed my high expectations. It was deep, profound, silky smooth and oozed Chateaneuf-du-Pape character, with warm grenache fruit framed by notes of lavender, thyme and spices. It was perfectly balanced, with ample acidity and a finish that went on forever. In a really good place right now, it was a terrific pairing with grilled lamb sirloin seasoned with garlic and Provencale herbs. Can't wait to crack open the 2007. Habemus Papam! (NOTE: The 2005 was Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year.)

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Author ebgreenb
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.939%
Tasted On 02/22/2013
Drink Dates 2012-2030

Beautifully balanced, bright sweet fruit, smooth tannins, a really elegant CDP.

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Author Howard R
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 89.091%
Tasted On 11/13/2011
Drink Dates 2008-2020
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Author Mr. A
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 91.875%
Tasted On 04/27/2011

The wine was gentle but stern. This initial taste was velvety with a pepper backend with above average tannins. The cedar, cassis and mild strawberry kicked it for me.

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Author Anthony Hotmail
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 76.19%
Tasted On 09/05/2009
Drink Dates 2008-2020
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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 95.349%
Tasted On 11/27/2008

Spectacular, jammy taste with significant strawberry and cherry overtones, smooth tannins and crisp on the palate

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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 97.255%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

If you are still chasing after the supercharged, pricey 2003, I encourage you to eye this vintage as it stacks every ounce of its density and concentration into a much more refined package. Tight, unevolved scents of ripe tobacco, sage, dill and leather brood, simply waiting to explode from this intensely wound elixir. There is a mouthful of expansive, sweet fruit evoking black currant and pure kirsch flavors that are seemingly immense, but oh so tantalizingly plush. I don'tknow how Paul Avril does it, but he manages to shape wines of such bound concentration w/ an uncanny brush of polish, charm and symmetry that you just don'tfind in any other wine.

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