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2012 Chateauneuf du Pape

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2012 Chateauneuf du Pape from Clos Des Papes, Rhone

The 2012 vintage from the esteemed Clos Des Papes has further solidified its place amongst the greats. The journey of the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape speaks volumes about the delicate dance between mother nature and the skilled vintners who masterfully transform her fruits into liquid gold. This distinct vintage truly reflects the passion, knowledge and pedantic attentiveness required to cultivate such an expressive and remarkable wine.


Vintage with a Voice

This 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape bears the story of its birth with graceful honesty. A patchwork quilt of diverse terroirs within the Rhone Valley contributes to this unique vintage. The year's endearing warmth coupled with cooler nights results in a well-balanced, deeply concentrated wine boasting a vibrant acidity that beautifully elevates its core fruit character.

The lion's share of Grenache, escorted by Mourvedre and Syrah, presents a symphony of ripe black cherries, kirsch liqueur, spiced meat and garrigue herbs. Each sip paints a vivid portrait of its origins, granting a tasteful indication of the vintage's narrative.


A Fine Wine Investment

By virtue of its rarity, supreme quality and ability to age elegantly, this 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape is not only a sublime enjoyment but also serves as a lucrative venture in fine wine investment. Revered and celebrated vintages like this are integral to diversifying one's portfolio while offering immense pleasure to the seasoned connoisseur.

Tasting the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape from Clos Des Papes is akin to reading an epic novel - you appreciate its complexity, engage in its depth, and relish the journey it takes you on. Every encounter reveals new chapters, adding layers of pleasure to an already enriching experience.

This fine wine investible gem from Rhone demonstrates how an exceptional vintage can command vast recognition, burgeon in value, and offer a unique opportunity to weave one's own narrative into the rich tapestry of wine history.

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Showing no bricking at all, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape is in its early maturity. There's a lovely mushroomy savoriness layered against black cherries and cola, earth and spice. Full-bodied, supple and almost creamy-plush in texture, it's ready to drink now yet should easily go another decade.

Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 30 August 2019

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