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#1 of the Top 100 Again?! Could be!

#1 of the Top 100 Again?! Could be!

The Wine Spectator Advance has just come out.

The highest rated wine of the Advance is the Clos des Papes 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape at 98 points!

This makes the 2010 Clos des Papes tied with the 2005 vintage for the highest rated Clos des Papes ever from the Wine Spectator. And yes the 2005 Clos des Papes was the #1 Wine of the Year from Wine Spectator in their 2007 Top 100 rankings!

All things are pointing to a Top 100 ranking for the 2010 vintage and even a possible repeat of reigning champion “Wine of the Year,” #1 of the Wine Spectator Top 100.

Here is how the 2010 vintage compares to the 2005:

Chateauneuf du Pape Clos des Papes  



Wine Spectator Score



WS Advance Designation



Wine Advocate Barrel Score



2010 Tasting Note:
“Lots of cocoa powder and coffee frame dark plum, black currant and fig fruit, with massively endowed tannins.
Cassis, anise and tea notes hang back for now, but should emerge more with cellaring. The very dark finish is
dominated by charcoal-coated grip, but the purity still wins out in the end. Very, very large. Best from 2017
through 2035.—J.M.” Wine Spectator 10/12.

2005 Tasting Note:
“Really tight now, but packed with dark fig, currant, espresso, licorice and chocolate notes. Superfleshy but seriously structured, there's layer after layer of sweet spice, fruit and minerality pumping through the finish, with lots of latent depth and power. Far more backward than the 2003 or 2004 on release, but since this red typically puts on weight as it ages, it should be a monster--à la the 1990--when it reaches its peak. Best from 2009 through 2030. 7,500 cases made. –JM.” Wine Spectator 12/07.

If you were a fan of the tremendous 2005 Clos des Papes, you are destined to be smitten with the 2010 Clos des Papes!!!

Chin, Chin,