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2013 Clos Saint Michel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee

ITEM 8102805 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
3 $30
Item Sold Amount Date
I8113322 2 $30 Feb 13, 2022
I8107598 1 $30 Feb 6, 2022
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RATINGS

90-92Wine Spectator

...scents of red- and blackcurrant, dried cherry, lavender and licorice. Juicy dark fruit flavors display very good depth, with a peppery nuance providing cut and lift. A spicy quality builds on the fruit-dominated finish, which is framed by smooth, velvety tannins.

87-90The Wine Advocate

...notes of spice box, bloody meat, mulled berry fruits and subtle oak. It’s medium-bodied, has fine tannin and opens up nicely...

REGION

France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.