Clos Des Papes   Chateauneuf du Pape

2017 Chateauneuf du Pape

By Clos Des Papes

2017 Chateauneuf du Pape from Clos Des Papes, Rhone

In 2017, the vineyards in the Rhone valley witnessed tumultuous climatic conditions that lent the resulting wines a distinctive character. Notably, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape from Clos Des Papes has taken on these challenges with incomparable grace and complexity. Since opening their gates in 1896, Clos Des Papes have demonstrated consistency in quality that must be appreciated by the discerning wine investor.

 

The Graciousness of Grenache

This subtletly magnetic wine flaunts its Grenache heritage proudly. Intense yet graceful, this 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape reveals another fascinating dimension of this noble grape variety while still embodying the classic Rhone essence. The wine showcases its significant Grenache presence via layers of plush red fruits interlaced with a hint of Mourvedre's earthy charm.

Meticulously extracted and poetically blended in an ambitiously small production year - this vintage proves that scarcity truly enhances desirability for enlightened wine investors.

 

Terroir Triumph: The Rhone Valley revelation

Tasting the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape from Clos Des Papes transports one to tantalisingly terraced vineyards of the emblematic Rhone Valley. Frosted by biting winter breezes and later nursed by the warmth of summer sunshine, it is easy to appreciate why the idiosyncrasies of this region play such an intricate role in creating a wine of fantastic calibre.

A solid season of minimal rainfall brought forth concentrated flavours in the fruit. This complex personality, combined with elegant balance, helps elevate this offering from the Rhone Valley well above its contemporaries.

This vintage stands as a testament to Clos Des Papes' expertise at showcasing the vibrant personality of every grape that contributed to its elegantly orchestrated ensemble.

 

A Chronicle Of Quality

As one uncorks the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape, one unveils a tale spun over a century, sealed in a bottle. The hand of time has guided the evolution of this wine, drawing out expressions that are best described as symphonic. With potential for significant appreciation as it ages, this is an under-the-radar favourite for investment purposes.

One may say that every bottle of 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape from Clos Des Papes captures an episode from history's rich tapestry, transformed into liquid allure - making it an attractive wine investment opportunity. A captivating wonder in Rhone's crown jewels, indeed!

Market price (GBP)

£680.00

12x75cl

Highest score

96

POP score

42.5

Scores and tasting notes

96

As predicted last year by Paul-Vincent Avril, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 45% Grenache, 40% Mourvèdre, about 10% Syrah and the rest other permitted varieties. It boasts a cool, fresh nose of strawberries, cola and tree bark, yet it's full-bodied and tannic on the palate. Dense and chewy, albeit with a mouthwatering sense of freshness, this will need a few years to relax and unwind, but it looks very promising.

Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 30 August 2019

Vintage performance