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2012 Domaine Santa Duc Châteauneuf-du-Pape Habemus Papam

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March 3, 2024 - $47

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RATINGS

95Wine Enthusiast

From a domaine located in Gigondas, this is a profound Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Yes, there's some toasty oak on the nose, but underneath is a big, sturdy core of dark cherries, bay leaf and garrigue.

92The Wine Advocate

...notes of black raspberry, toasted spice, licorice, leather and pepper, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, loads of sweet fruit and ripe, rounded tannin that emerges on the finish.

91Wine Spectator

Ripe, with a leathery edge to the core of plum, blackberry and cherry paste flavors, while sage and bay leaf accents underscore the finish. Offers a tarry echo, with fresh acidity underneath.

91Vinous / IWC

Deeply pitched aromas of cherry compote, cassis and flowere are lifted by a bright mineral nuance and a hint of peppery spices. At once rich and energetic on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors and an exotic hint of five-spice powder. Clings with very good tenacity and focus on the smoke-accented finish, which features sweet dark fruit and floral character and supple tannins.

16.5Jancis Robinson

Round and juicy. Much more polished and less intense than many. Muscular. Cool finish.

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.