Clos Des Papes   Chateauneuf du Pape

2007 Chateauneuf du Pape

By Clos Des Papes

2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Clos Des Papes, Rhone

Steeped in an intimate knowledge of southern Rhone and exuding the craftsmanship that only comes with years of meticulous viticulture, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Clos Des Papes beautifully paints the story of its vintage.

 

A masterful blend - the heartbeat of an outstanding vintage

Few estates capture the exciting developments of 2007 in Rhone better than Clos Des Papes. This year presented unparalleled finesse, balance, and opulence of fruit, making it one of the standout vintages for wine investment. The 14 varietals exhibit perfect harmony here, with the classic Grenache base underpinned by Mourvèdre, Syrah and other varieties, prudently blending to endow this vintage with layered complexity.

 

The pivotal role of terroir and climate

Reflecting the highly lauded 2007 climatic conditions in Rhone, this Chateauneuf du Pape articulates robust character and potent vitality. A consistently warm year interspersed with adequate rainfall allowed slow ripening, leading to optimally matured grapes balancing sugar richness with acidity.

The sun-kissed stones of this famed region radiated warmth to this illustrious vintage, blessing it with depth, supple tannins, and enchanting blackberry purity. Simultaneously, cool night temperatures ensured splendid adaptive acidity that serves as a spine to its voluptuous fruit character.

 

Crafting memories in a bottle

This particular Chateauneuf du Pape encapsulates the essence of 2007, expressing ripe red fruit intricacies against kirsch undertones and whispers of earthy, truffle-infused charm. The climax—velvety and exceptionally long, echoes the harmonious interplay of its terroir, vintage idiosyncrasies, and skilled winemaking.

A finely crafted tapestry of flavors, seamlessly interwoven, displaying a compelling invitation to indulge in one of the finest vintages for Chateauneuf du Pape from Clos Des Papes— the 2007 continues to captivate investors with its durable cellaring potential and rewarding evolution thus solidifying its position as an uncontestable piece de resistance for any discerning cellar or wine portfolio.

Market price (GBP)

£1,720.00

12x75cl

Highest score

100

POP score

86

Scores and tasting notes

100

One of the great vintages from this estate, surpassing even the 1990, 2000, 2001, 2003, and maybe the 2010 (time will tell with this one), the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Vincent Avril delivers everything you could want from a wine. Full-bodied, intense and beautifully concentrated, with plenty of muscle and depth, it shows the hallmark elegance and purity of the estate, with sensational notes of kirsch liqueur, raspberries, incense, smoked meats and Asian spices. The blend is the normal 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and the rest a mix of permitted varieties, brought up all in older foudre, and it's just now entering its prime drink window and has another two decades of longevity.

Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 28 February 2017

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