FIRST OFFER: Chateauneuf du Pape Clos des Papes 2011 (92-95RR)
For those of you who have been following the barrel tastings of the 2011 vintage, reports indicate that we're in for another great vintage in Southern Rhone. However the '11s will require some picking and choosing. Jeb Dunnuck's (Rhone Report) summary of the '11 vintage truly hits the nail on the head:
"They ['11s] are upfront, perfumed, and sweetly fruited, with a 2009 like red-fruit driven bouquet, seamless, silky textures, low acidity, and already approachable and charming profiles...The top wines are very, very good..." Rhone Report Issue #13, 10/12.
Top Wines like Chateauneuf du Pape Clos des Papes. With Paul-Vincent Arvil at the helm, Clos des Papes, has yet again produced an enchanting and age-worthy Chateauneuf du Pape. Already scoring a 91-94 from the Wine Advocate, and 92-95 from the Rhone Report, this Chateauneuf du Pape Clos des Papes is a front-runner for the vintage.
Don't overlook the value proposition the 2011 vintage presents for these top-wines, 90+rated wine, ripe accessibility, half the current cost of the 2010's on the market. We won't be seeing this charmer in-stock until late Fall 2013, but now is the time to lock-in on this first time offer pricing!