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2007 Clos Des Papes CDP

2007 Clos Des Papes CDP

100 RP

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99 JD

97 WS

95+ VM

Featured Review
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. Robert Parker

Robert Parker | 100 RP

Critic Reviews

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.

Robert Parker | 100 RP
Taking the better part of the evening to open up, and really not shining until the second day, the monumental 2007 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape has shed some of the bombastic levels of fruit it possessed on release, and is developing into a textbook Clos des Papes that exudes richness, as well as finesse and elegance. Loaded with kirsch liqueur, licorice, crushed rock, flowers, and sweet spice, this full-bodied Châteauneuf-du-Pape hits the palate with a wealth of fruit and glycerin, yet remains perfectly balanced, seamless, and incredibly fresh and light. There’s no shortage of tannin or structure, and this needs a solid 4-5 years of bottle age to really start to hit its stride. It should be very long lived and any southern Rhône lover needs to have this wine in the cellar!

Jeb Dunnuck | 99 JD
Absolutely stunning, with a deep well of crème de cassis that’s thoroughly pure and captivating, while black tea, fig cake, hoisin sauce, incense and graphite notes weave throughout. The supervelvety finish lets blackberry, boysenberry and crushed cherry fruit take an encore—as if this needed any more fruit. A fantastic display of precision in a very opulent year. Best from 2010 through 2030. 8,000 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 97 WS
Deep ruby. Powerful, pungent aromas of kirsch, dark berries, smoky herbs and spicecake, with notes of black olive and tobacco coming on with air. Chewy, palate-staining dark fruit flavors are complicated by bitter chocolate, licorice and black cardamom. Acts like a 2005 today, with serious structure but also superb depth of powerful, densely packed fruit. A hint of cherry skin adds grip and refreshing bitterness to the long, smoky, focused finish. Not an easy read right now: this demands cellaring.

Vinous Media | 95+ VM

Wine Details for 2007 Clos Des Papes CDP

Type of Wine Rhone Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend : Proprietary Blend is a general term used to indicate that a wine is comprised of multiple grape varietals which are either “proprietary” to the winery or is blended and does not meet the required maximum or minimum percentage of a particular varietal. This also is the case for the grape’s place of origin, especially for region, appellation or vineyard designated wines. There are endless examples of blended wines which are labeled as “Proprietary Blend” and in conjunction with each region’s stipulated wine laws and regulations makes for a vast blanket for wines to fall into. Perhaps the simplest example is California; if a wine is to be labeled as Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, it is required to have at least 75% of the varietal (Cabernet Sauvignon) and 85% of the fruit must be cultivated from the Napa Valley wine district. If the wine does not meet the requirements, it is then labeled as Proprietary Blend.

Country France : Wine is the lifeblood that courses through the country of France, pulsing with vigorous pride and determination. Viticulture is not just a hobby or an occupation in France; it is a passion, a cherished tradition that has been passed down through generations of wine stained hands. Winemaking is a beloved art that has been ingrained in the culture, an aptitude instilled in sons by fathers and the hallmark for which France’s reputation was built, allowing it to be renowned as, arguably, the most important wine producing country in the world.



For centuries, France has been producing wines of superior quality and in much greater quantity than any other country in the world. It boasts some of the most impressive wine regions, coveted vineyards and prestigious wines on earth. The regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Sauternes and Champagne have become the benchmark, for which others aspire to become. Legendary producers such as Chateaux Margaux, Domaine De La Romanee Conti, Chapoutier, d’Yquem and Dom Perignon are idolized world-wide.



France has stamped its name on nearly every style of wine, from the nectar-like sweet Sauternes to hedonistic Chateauneuf Du Papes classic Bordeaux and Burgundy, to its sparkling dominance in Champagne. Many of the most infamous grape varietals in the world, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay originated in France and are not only beloved, but utilized in the creation of some of the greatest wines on earth. French wine production commands the attention of the wine market year after year. With over 860,000 hectares under vine, and numbers close to 50 million hectoliters of wine produced annually, France dominates the market and sets the standard for not only product quality, but also quantity.



France’s many contributions to the world of wine have been absolutely indispensable. The country is the originator of the term “Premier Cru,” coined the term Terroir (a French term so complex there is no literal translation) and has laid the blueprint for a structured appellation system, which others have implemented in their own countries. French vineyard techniques and winemaking practices are mimicked world-wide. California vintners have been replicating Rhone style wines for decades, South America has adopted the French varietal of Malbec and countries around the world are imitating Burgundian styled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.



With vast diversity in terroir, France is home to some of the most hospitable winegrowing locations on earth. The combination of topography, geology, climate, rainfall and even the amount of sunlight combined with the long historical tradition of winegrowing and making, has allowed the vintners of France to not only hone their skills, but learn from nature to create a product that like the world in which it resides… is very much alive.


Region Rhone : While the Northern Rhone produces only about 5% of all wine coming out of the Rhone Valley, the quality of these bottles is not to be underestimated. The terroir in this region is heavenly for growing Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne or Rousanne - the only permitted grapes in the AOC. Picture this - the Rhone flows through the valley like an azure thread piercing the landscape, a reflection of the dreamy skies hovering above the vineyards, ready to produce rainfall at a moment's notice. The rocky soil of the steep, almost surreal hillsides provides a bountiful feast for the grapevine roots. The flavors and texture of Northern Rhone wines tell you everything you need to know as soon as your lips touch the elixir, like a whisper in the vigorous valley winds

As per the Southern Rhone wine, it is like taking a plunge into a whirlpool of juicy flavor. Every sip explodes forward like a crashing tsunami, bathing your tastebuds in delicious aromas of prune, chocolate, grass, and black fruit. The wines are so compelling that it can be hard to drink them casually at a social event without getting lost in their intricate textures and emotional depths. Let's set sail together, and drink deep from these luxurious bottles with our friends and loved ones.
Subregion Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf Du Pape

Overview

Producer Clos Des Papes : The appellation of Chateauneuf-Du-Pape has a rich and illustrious history in the Rhone region of France. It is the birthplace of one of the most familiar names in winemaking. The foundation of this mighty appellation can be greatly credited to Paul Avril (the first), who was instrumental in placing Chateauneuf-Du-Pape on the map. He is one of the founding pioneers responsible for the official creation of the Chateauneuf-Du-Pape AOC, and assisted in devising rules and regulations in the construct of its winemaking procedures.

The Avril’s have remained in control of its family estate of Clos Des Papes since its inception and has imprinted an image of success not only on Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, but the entirety of Rhone. There is no room for experimenting at Clos Des Papes, as there is a straightforward and traditional approach to winemaking. There are two wines produced, a red and a white, and though it seems a simple production and not one of ambition, the method has been successful and prosperous since its first bottling in 1896.

Winemaking has remained relatively unchanged and has been carefully handed down from generation to generation and is now resting in the faithful care of Paul Vincent Avril. Considered a modern traditionalist, he is a proponent of destemming, low yields and not filtering. On the other hand, he eschews new oak and would not consider producing a high end cuvee, as his staunch philosophy is that it would only harm their main brand, Clos Des Papes Rouge, which has been in production for more than a century.

The estate consists of 35 hectares of vines that are spread over 24 separate parcels in Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, four of which are reserved for their green grapes used in the production of their white wine. These hectares are found in their cooler terroir which is optimal for their growth and ripening. The wine is comprised of 20% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette, 20% Bourboulenc and 20% Picpoul. It debuted in 1955 and has been highly coveted since. The annual output for the Blanc is a mere 12,000 bottles.

Their flagship red wine is harvested from the remaining hectares and is a constant fixation for consumers around the world looking for top quality Chateauneuf-Du-Pape. The average age for the vines are 50 years or older and planted in the greatest lieu-dits in the appellation, including La Crau, Courthezon and areas near the village. One such parcel is located near the Pope’s castle that is walled in, which gave name to the estate itself. Clos in French can be loosely translated to wall or closed off.

The varieties planted for the rouge (red) consists of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% from other varietals which all blend and give to its unique, spicy quality and structural backbone. Clos Des Papes at its finest combines intensity, concentration, complexity, purity of fruit and elegance. It is a true expression of the appellation and the Rhone varietals that have such success in the soils here. The outcome is a supple, silky and luscious, velvet wine that is a beautifully crafted Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, which can age gracefully for decades. Since yields are kept low, the annual production is only around 7,000 cases.

Very few estates in France remain in the founding father’s family; however, such is the case for Clos Des Papes. It has been carefully and faithfully handed down, never losing its identity nor its importance on the appellation of Chateauneuf-Du-Pape. The Avril family and Clos Des Pape’s inspiration and influence on Southern Rhone has been tremendous, as is there wine. Clos Des Pape is a top tier wine with a history that precedes nearly every producer in the region and has become a staple in the wine market. If it were not for Paul Avril and his vision of perfection, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape may not be what it is today.

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