2018 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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JD 96 WS 96 DC 95 WA 95 VN 95
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, October 2020

Due to devastating yields, there’s not much of the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape to go around, but it’s going to be worth the extra effort to track down. Based on 50% Grenache, 40% Mourvèdre, and the rest Syrah (and a splash...
WS 96

Wine Spectator, October 2020

A very refined, silky style, with subtle bitter cherry, damson plum and raspberry coulis notes racing through, flanked by garrigue and sandalwood notes and ending with graceful rooibos tea and mineral threads. This offers...
DC 95

Decanter, October 2020

The 35% Mourvèdre is quite present on the nose, which shows deep black cherry kirsch aromas, sweet strawberry and a potpourri, floral lift. This is a soft, succulent, juicy style, with bright and concentrated strawberry...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2020

Bursting with striking red-fruit aromas and delicate cinnamon, clove and star anise notes, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape is another terrific vintage from this estate. While certainly full-bodied and powerful, it's also...
VN 95

Vinous, October 2021

Bright violet. Expressive, smoke-accented cherry, Chambord, licorice, succulent herb and exotic spice qualities on the nose. Weighty and broad on the palate, offering intense red fruit, floral pastille, allspice, cola and...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf du Pape
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape is an exquisite red wine hailing from the renowned Rhone region of France. This wine is a blend of different grape varieties, carefully selected and expertly crafted by the esteemed producer, Clos des Papes. With an alcohol percentage of 14.5%, this wine showcases the richness and depth that the region is known for.

In the glass, the wine displays a deep, vibrant red color that is visually captivating. On the nose, it bursts with striking red-fruit aromas, accompanied by delicate notes of cinnamon, clove, and star anise. These enticing aromatics create an alluring and complex bouquet that invites you to explore further.

On the palate, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape is full-bodied and powerful, yet remarkably lithe and silky. It glides across the palate with an almost airy feel, showcasing great elegance and finesse. The flavors of intense red fruit, floral pastille, allspice, cola, and botanical herbs captivate the taste buds, evolving and becoming sweeter as the wine opens up. The tannins are polished and well-integrated, adding structure and depth to the wine.

The finish is lengthy and memorable, leaving a lasting impression. It is marked by the persistence of cherry and floral notes, accompanied by a sense of freshness that balances the richness of the wine. This Chateauneuf du Pape is a testament to the exceptional quality of the vintage and the skill of the winemaker.

Renowned wine critics have also praised this wine, with Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarding it a score of 95 points, describing it as "terrific" and highlighting its elegance. Vinous also awarded it 95 points, noting its expressive qualities and impressive finish. Jeb Dunnuck gave it a score of 96 points, comparing it to the classic Chateauneuf du Pape vintages of the past. Decanter awarded it 95 points, praising its succulent and juicy style, while Wine Spectator awarded it 96 points, emphasizing its refined and silky character.

Overall, the 2018 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape is a remarkable wine that embodies the essence of the Southern Rhone region. Its complexity, elegance, and depth make it a truly exceptional wine that will only continue to evolve and improve with age. It is a must-try for any wine enthusiast seeking a truly memorable and captivating experience.