2009 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape

  • Proprietary Blend
  • 1.5L
  • WS 96
  • IWC 95
  • WA 95
  • RR 95

Reviews for 2009 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape

WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, September 2011
Sinewy and reserved with a light dusting of cocoa powder over the tangy damson plum red licorice and cassis notes. The long supple finish with a lovely wafting note of Lapsang souchong tea is packed with minerality and... Sinewy and reserved with a light dusting of cocoa powder over the tangy damson plum red licorice and cassis notes. The long supple finish with a lovely wafting note of Lapsang souchong tea is packed with minerality and tight-grained tannins that will need time to fully evolve. One of the more backward 2009s though this should pick up steam in the cellar. Best from 2013 through 2025. 9000 cases made. -JM
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, April 2011
Deep ruby. Intensely perfumed cherry garrigue and flowers on the nose plus notes of licorice and smoky Moroccan spices. At once fleshy and sappy with incisive spicy red fruit flavors complicated by herbs and floral... Deep ruby. Intensely perfumed cherry garrigue and flowers on the nose plus notes of licorice and smoky Moroccan spices. At once fleshy and sappy with incisive spicy red fruit flavors complicated by herbs and floral pastilles. Finishes spicy and with superb intensity echoing the spice and floral notes emphatically. This sample was a blend from five of Avril's giant mostly old foudres Avril averred that "14.5% alcohol is the jumping off point for high-quality grenache any less and the flavors aren't complete. This should be just above that so it will be fresh and balanced." -JR
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2015
Considered by Paul-Vincent to be a hypothetical blend of the '05 and the '07, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape was showing its Mourvedre component on this occasion and had lots of kirsch, spice-box, dried flowers, Provencal... Considered by Paul-Vincent to be a hypothetical blend of the '05 and the '07, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape was showing its Mourvedre component on this occasion and had lots of kirsch, spice-box, dried flowers, Provencal garrigue and cured meat on the nose. Full-bodied, ripe and voluptuous, yet still showing the telltale elegance and seamlessness that's the hallmark of this great estate, it can be enjoyed today or cellared for another decade or more. - Jeb Dunnuck
RR 95
Rhone Report - The Rhone Report, September 2011
While described as masculine by Paul-Vincent (possibly due to the tannin level and quality) I found the 2009 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape to be quite elegant and almost finesse driven showing gorgeous kirsch and... While described as masculine by Paul-Vincent (possibly due to the tannin level and quality) I found the 2009 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape to be quite elegant and almost finesse driven showing gorgeous kirsch and licorice-laced blackberry-like fruits Asian spice garrigue and floral notes on the nose medium to full body and a very straight focused texture that highlights very fine grained tannin. While quite approachable now with an almost Burgundian-like texture and density this should ideally be given 3-4 years in the cellar and then consumed over the following decade or longer. A resounding success in the vintage and lovers of Clos des Papes will not be disappointed.