Clos des Papes – Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012

closdepapesRanked a stellar No. 7 in the Wine Spectator Top 100 2014, the Clos des Papes 2012 vintage is a Côtes du Rhône stunner, with a gorgeous cassis aroma that soars from the glass, reinforced by a core of cherry and plum pâte de fruit, hoisin sauce, warm ganache and well-roasted apple wood notes. Hefty, but suave and seamless. The finish lets graphite and licorice elements glide through. The structure is dense, polished and perfectly integrated, resulting in lovely length. Should be a beauty after cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2032. Discover more about this vintage at the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2014.

Composition:

  • Grenache (65 percent)
  • Mourvèdre (20 percent)
  • Syrah (10 percent).
  • The remainder of the blend is made up of small amounts of the appellation’s lesser-known varieties.