2005 Avril Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone Valley, France -Double Magnum (3.0L)

2005 Avril Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone Valley, France -Double Magnum (3.0L)

$995.00

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Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year – 2007

“Really tight now, but packed with dark fig, currant, espresso, licorice and chocolate notes. Superfleshy but seriously structured, there’s layer after layer of sweet spice, fruit and minerality pumping through the finish, with lots of latent depth and power. Far more backward than the 2003 or 2004 on release, but since this red typically puts on weight as it ages, it should be a monster–à la the 1990–when it reaches its peak. Best from 2009 through 2030. 7,500 cases made.” – 98 points — JM

“Hitting a natural 15.5% alcohol, Paul-Vincent’s 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape is decidedly more elegant and finesse-styled now than it was on release, where it was more dominated by its tannic structure. Still a youthful ruby color, it offers up a perfumed bouquet of kirsch and blackberry-like fruits, licorice, incense, Asian spice and forest floor. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied, seamless, elegant wine that’s lost all of its baby fat, yet still has a core of sweet fruit, fine tannin and a balanced, harmonious feel. It’s not a powerhouse, and is drinking nicely today, with another decade of longevity”. – 94 points, Wine Advocate (JD)

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