Clos Des Papes   Chateauneuf du Pape

2008 Chateauneuf du Pape

By Clos Des Papes

2008 Chateauneuf du Pape from Clos Des Papes, Rhone

When the 2008 vintage of Chateauneuf du Pape from Clos Des Papes first graced the glass, one truly understands the veritable enchantment of the Rhone region's viticultural legacy. This prestigious year manifests itself in a compelling narrative for wine investors worldwide.

 

A Vintage Paints Its Palette

The 2008 growing season in the Rhone Valley was a pas de deux between climatic challenges and viticultural expertise. A cooler-than-usual summer was bookended by a warm spring and an exceptionally favourable autumn. The late warmth allowed the signature blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah grapes to achieve an ideal balance of acidity and ripeness, not often seen in other vintages.

 

The Complexity of Displayed Elegance

This 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape from Clos Des Papes is an intriguing paradox of finesse and power. It opens with an array of evolving aromas - blackberry confiture, wild thyme, dark chocolate and a hint of tapenade. On the palate, it offers concentrated but refined fruit flavours framed in velvety tannins. A vein of minerality reminiscent of the rocky terroir of its birthplace provides a backbone to this exceptional wine.

 

In Wine Investment Terms

Given its unique attributes, this long-living wine has gained an enviable position amongst discerning investors. Its limited production coupled with the quality endorsement from prestigious competitions, reinforces its position as a formidable and fascinating investment opportunity.

 

Summing up the Intrigue

To encapsulate, this 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape from Clos Des Papes is an exquisite year which astutely projects the Rhone's viticultural prowess. It reflects a captivating narrative of climate and terroir, while maintaining the dignity and balance of a truly great wine. For the discerning investor or the seasoned collector, it presents an inimitable opportunity to participate in a singular experience unfolding over time.

Market price (GBP)

£480.00

12x75cl

Highest score

93

POP score

36.92

Scores and tasting notes

93

Undoubtedly one of the best Châteauneufs of the vintage, Clos des Papes's 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape was in surprisingly fine form. Full-bodied but wonderfully silky with age, it shows developing aromas and flavors of tree bark, cola, dried spices, red cherries and white button mushrooms. While I wouldn't expect it to last forever, it should provide delicious drinking over the next 5 years or so. It was made from tiny yields of 16 hectoliters per hectare and reached 14.7% alcohol in what was a challenging vintage in the Southern Rhône.

Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 31 August 2018

Vintage performance