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Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes 2010

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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14.5% ABV
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3.7 6 Ratings
14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Ripeness and power: a clean, intense front presents beautiful red fruit and spice, with a touch of minerality. The silky tannin structure provides a long finish of exotic fruit flavors.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
This almost gushes forth, with very ripe plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit, but there's ganache and charcoal riding in quickly behind it for balance, and the finish has ample grip, with a singed apple wood note hanging in the background. Best from 2014 through 2026.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
This is a nicely balanced Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with a bright edge of acidity running through the red-fruit flavors of cherries and raspberries. It’s full bodied and a bit creamy in texture, but still crisp and firmly constructed, with a lingering touch of anise on the finish. Drink now–2025.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Clos de l’Oratoire, a blend of 80% Grenache and the rest equal parts Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault aged in foudres (some of the Syrah is kept in new oak), exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue along with rich black raspberry and berry fruit intermixed with a notion of Asian spice. Seductive, medium to full-bodied and pure, this classic Provencal wine is slightly more evolved and forward than most 2010s.
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Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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Since acquisition by Ogier in 2000, the reputation of Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes has grown across five continents, yet is still crafted in respect to a great heritage. The distinctive label, created in 1928, has remained unchanged to this day. A continuous quest for perfection has been honoured by the international press, making Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes a reference wine in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and a presence in top restaurants and exclusive retailers.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape

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Famous for its full-bodied, seductive and spicy reds with flavor and aroma characteristics reminiscent of black cherry, baked raspberry, garrigue, olive tapenade, lavender and baking spice, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is the leading sub-appellation of the southern Rhône River Valley. Large pebbles resembling river rocks, called "galets" in French, dominate most of the terrain. The stones hold heat and reflect it back up to the low-lying gobelet-trained vines. Though the galets are typical, they are not prominent in every vineyard. Chateau Rayas is the most obvious deviation with very sandy soil.

According to law, eighteen grape varieties are allowed in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and most wines are blends of some mix of these. For reds, Grenache is the star player with Mourvedre and Syrah coming typically second. Others used include Cinsault, Counoise and occasionally Muscardin, Vaccarèse, Picquepoul Noir and Terret Noir.

Only about 6-7% of wine from Chateauneuf-du-Pape is white. Blends and single-varietal bottlings are typically based on the soft and floral Grenache Blanc but Clairette, Bourboulenc and Roussanne are grown with some significance.

The wine of Chateauneuf-du-Pape takes its name from the relocation of the papal court to Avignon. The lore says that after moving in 1309, Pope Clément V (after whom Chateau Pape-Clément in Pessac-Léognan is named) ordered that vines were planted. But it was actually his successor, John XXII, who established the vineyards. The name however, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, translated as "the pope's new castle," didn’t really stick until the 19th century.

Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, red Rhône blends originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley. Grenache, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre typically form the base of the blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. With some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in Priorat, Washington, Australia and California.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit and a plush texture. Syrah supplies dark fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy and earthy notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume and earthy flavor as well as structure and a healthy dose of color. New World examples tend to be fruit-forward in style, while those from the Old World will often have more earth, structure and herbal components on top of ripe red and blue fruit.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. These can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes, playing equally well with beef, pork, lamb or game. Braised beef cheeks, grilled steak or sausages, roasted pork and squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secret

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the red Rhône blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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