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2010 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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ITEM 8236870 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
trrev 2 $185 $370
2 $185
Item Sold Amount Date
I8236870 2 $185 May 22, 2022
I8219208 1 $185 May 15, 2022
I8200402 1 $180 May 1, 2022
I8191680 3 $180 Apr 24, 2022
I8180413 2 $180 Apr 17, 2022
I8155592 12 $170 Mar 27, 2022
I8155579 3 $210 Mar 27, 2022
I8155579 9 $200 Mar 27, 2022
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RATINGS

99Robert M. Parker Jr.

...boasts a dense purple color along with lots of gorgeously pure black raspberry, black currant and kirsch liqueur notes intermixed with notions of spring flowers, tapenade, licorice and spice box.

98Wine Spectator

Lots of cocoa powder and coffee frame a massive block of dark plum, black currant and fig fruit, while massively endowed tannins stride from start to finish. Cassis, anise and Lapsang souchong tea notes hang in the background for now...

96Vinous / IWC

...intensely perfumed aromas of raspberry liqueur, cherry-cola, anise and smoky garrigue. Spicy and incisive...superb balance of richness and vivacity...One of the top wines from the entire Rhone from this outstanding vintage.

19Jancis Robinson

Very substantial and handsome...The impact of this wine is mainly on the finish. Lots of tannin and clearly made for the future.

#4 of 2012Wine Spectator Top 100

PRODUCER

Clos des Papes

Clos des Papes is one of the Rhone Valley’s most venerable estates. The Avril family, now headed by Paul Avril and his son Vincent, have been making wine in Chateauneuf-du-Pape for 300 years. The name of the estate comes from the fact that the original vineyard was part of a papal estate located inside a chateau. The Avril family now owns parcels through the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation, giving the estate a total of nearly 90 acres of vineyards planted mostly to Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah. Some 10% of the estate is planted to the white grapes that make up the classic Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc. About 100,000 bottles of red are produced annually. Robert M. Parker Jr. has called the estate’s wines “brilliant,” and notes that they are especially long-lived. The estate produces just one red and one white wine, selling any cuvees of lesser quality to negociants.

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.