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Date Printed: 7/26/2014
Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
(search item no. 92705)
Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $159.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 1 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2007!

"This is really tight now, but it's 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 and 2004 on release, but considering this 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."
Wine Spectator
98 Points

"The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape has a deeper color than the 2004 and 2003 that I tasted side by side, and with its dense ruby/purple color to the rim, the wine has a fabulous bouquet of kirsch liqueur, raspberries, licorice, and a combination of spice and Provencal herbs. It is rich, full-bodied, with high but sweet tannin, good acidity, and a blockbuster finish of close to 45+ seconds. This is a knock-out wine that will probably need 4-5 years of bottle age and last for 20-25 years. This exquisitely run estate continues to turn out wines of great fragrance, richness as well as flavor authority and integrity."
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate Barrel Sample: 94-96 Points

My Notes:

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About Clos des Papes:

the "Clos des Papes" estate inclueds some forty scattered hectares, approximately 80 acres.
There are no fewer than 24 different plots of land, which include some of the most beautiful soils in the Chateauneuf vineyards. The geographical separation of our vineyards enables us to control ripeness at harvest time, since each sector does not necessarily reach the exact same stage at the same time. It also allows us to combine different varieties planted to the south. "Clos des Papes makes both red wines and white wines (10% of the production) for long-keeping, using traditional vinification and maturing. As I mentioned previously, our yields are deliberately low (an average of 28hl/hectare). and then undergo further strict sorting, to uphold our quality.