2018 Chateauneuf du Pape
By Clos Des Papes
2018 Chateauneuf du Pape from Clos Des Papes, Rhone
Clos des Papes had a remarkable performance in the balmy summer of 2018. This was a year in Rhone when the sunlight exercised measured restraint, coaxing the Grenache and Syrah to full ripeness without incinerating the anguished vines.
A vintage designed for the Cellar
This vintage exhibits durability that marks it as a choice wine investment. The 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape from this robust estate showcases an invigorating youthfulness yet promises a graceful ageing over the decades, making it a severe contender for long-term holdings.
In the mouth, the wine paints an impressionistic portrait of sun-drenched terroir, each sip akin to biting into ripe plums and blackberries macerated under the Rhone sun, with an undercurrent of earthy spice.
The Graceful Balance of Rhone's Distinct Climate
Rhone's 2018 produced creations of careful balance between concentration and vibrancy, a vineyard ballet choreographed by nature herself. This exceptional vintage encapsulates that balance, packed with rich fruit underpinned by fierce tannins and a welcome acidity on the finish that rehearses the wine's longevity.
The 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape surges forward revealing layers of dark fruits intermingled with distinct garrigue notes and culminating into an impressively lengthy finish, leaving your palate eagerly greeting its delicately-woven complexity.
A testimonial to time and talent
Clos Des Papes’ command over tradition combines with their mastery of modernity nearly as invitingly as this wine sates the senses. At once opulent and refined, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape is fit for now, investable for later, ensuring your cellar will witness the ensuing change of seasons with a matured, mellowed marvel.
Time will only enhance this wine’s evolution and adding it to a diversified portfolio comes highly recommended. After all, 'patience is the companion of wisdom', and wise investment in fine wine requires a patient palate.
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Scores and tasting notes
Bursting with striking red-fruit aromas and delicate cinnamon, clove and star anise notes, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape is another terrific vintage from this estate. While certainly full-bodied and powerful, it's also lithe and silky, with an almost airy feel on the palate that translates into great elegance on the lengthy finish.
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 24 September 2020