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Chateauneuf du Pape Clos des Papes 2012 (97WS) (750ML)
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97 Points, Wine Spectator: [#7 Wine of the Year 2014] "A stunner, with a gorgeous cassis aroma that soars from the glass, reinforced by a core of cherry and plum pÃ¢te 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." 11/14
95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Moving to the 2012 ChÃ¢teauneuf du Pape, this is a vintage that's loved by Paul-Vincent, and one that he compares to 2005. Hitting 15.4% alcohol, it has gorgeous richness and depth, with the hallmark elegance of the estate. Kirsch, blackberry, licorice, spice and floral notes all emerge from the glass, and it builds on the palate with superb concentration, integrated acidity and sweet tannin. Paul-Vincent commented that he thinks this will close down quickly. Nevertheless its balance, tannin and overall equilibrium will keep it drinking nicely through 2032." 10/14