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RED RHONE 1 - Chateauneuf Du Pape - Listed by DOMAINE

Where available, tasting scores and notes are by  Robert Parker (RP) and taken from his website  or The Wine Spectator (WS) from
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RP -
One of the benchmark estates, Clos des Papes covers close to 90 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape and is run by the incredibly talented Paul-Vincent Avril. Favouring a single cuvee, his Chateauneuf du Pape is always a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre 10% Syrah and the rest a mix of Vaccarese, Counoise and Muscardin.
Clos de Papes has been practicing BIODYNAMIC farming for nearly 15 years, but they were not certified as biodynamic until 2011
Clos des Papes

RP -
The 2009 is showing better out of bottle than it was last year. Gorgeous kirsch liqueur notes, raspberry jam, forest floor, spice box, new saddle leather and a peppery spiciness are all present in this deep, voluptuously textured, open-knit Clos des Papes, which is atypically forward, luscious and approachable already. These wines often need a good 5-10 years of cellaring in the more structured vintages, but the 2009 is gorgeous from the get-go. This full-bodied, deep, concentrated wine has a deep purple color and should drink well for 20-25 years without ever really closing down. Readers may want to think of this as a slightly more concentrated version of the 2003, which is one of the great stars of that vintage.
2009 £58.00 RP95
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Top estate making
full-bodied CNDP; which is one of our favourite Rhone wines - we strongly recommend these excellent wines!
11 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape
'Les Quartz'
Clos du Caillou

RP -
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz, which is aged in both foudre and truncated oak vats, comes from two lieux-dits, Les Cassanets for the Grenache and Les Bedines for the Syrah. It reveals crushed raspberry and kirsch notes as well as a chalky stone-like character, but less of the Provencal roasted herb, lavender, and liquorice notes than its siblings. Drink this dense, full-bodied, impressive 2010 over the next 15-20 years.
2010 £47.00 RP96
30 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape
'Les Quartz'
Clos du Caillou

RP -
Displaying more minerality, focus, and precision, the dark ruby/purple-coloured, full-bodied 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Quartz possesses superb raspberry and black cherry fruit along with notes of crushed rocks and spring flowers.
A layered, gorgeous, grand cru red Burgundy-styled Chateauneuf with excellent purity, freshness, and depth,
it should drink nicely for 15 or more years.
2007 £45.00 RP95

Super Wine - Highly Recommended!

TOP Vintage

61 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape
'Les Quartz'
Clos du Caillou

Wine Spectator -
This delivers mouth filling mocha, blackberry confiture, fig paste and liquorice flavours, along with loamy tannins and lots of bittersweet cocoa and coffee on the finish.
Despite its heft, it is polished and driven, showing the strength of this great vintage.
2005 £45.00 WS95

Super Wine - Highly Recommended!

TOP Vintage

This 60+ acre estate was acquired by the Cazes family (proprietors of Chateau Lynch Bages in Pauillac) in late 2006.
This is a great VALUE CNDP; just look at the price relative to the review and score!
5 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape

RP -
The fabulous 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape (a blend of 64% Grenache, 19% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, and the rest Cinsault and Vaccarese) boasts a deep plum/ruby/purple colour as well as a super expressive perfume that represents the essence of Provence. Fresh bouquet garni, roasted Provencal herbs, liquorice, black cherries, and black currant aromas soar from the glass of this full-bodied, incredibly deep, savoury wine. Juicy and succulent with terrific acidity, freshness, and length, it is accessible now, and should continue to drink well for 12-15 or more years. Bravo to the Cazes family!
2007 £32.00 RP94



This estate is run by Lucien Michel, his wife, Marie-José, and daughter Claire. Keeping to tradition, they make only one cuvée of red Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The Michels chose to retain 50 percent of the stems during fermentation to build the wine's structure.
The wine is matured in foudres at least two years old.
An excellent
"Good Value" estate that makes CNDP in the traditional style; powerful and succulent.
70 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Vieux Donjon

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A classic wine from this estate, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape has beautiful kirsch, roasted meat, ground pepper and assorted wild herbs and lavender aromatics, medium to full-bodied richness, and a tight, structured and nicely concentrated palate.

Another bastion of traditional Chateauneuf du Papes, Le Vieux Donjon is run by the talented Claire Michel. She produces a single cuvee that’s always a rough blend of 70-75% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault. It’s partial destemming and aging occurs all in old foudre. Classic, Provencal, old-school and high-quality are the buzzwords here.

2012 £35.00 RP92
6 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Vieux Donjon

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The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is a traditionally made cuvee aged totally in tank and foudre. Its inky/purple colour is followed by a sweet bouquet of black olives, incense, blackberries, mulberries, black cherries and lavender. This perfumed, super-concentrated 2010 possesses good acidity, ripe tannin and a full-bodied, expansive mouthfeel.
This mouth-coating, saturated, dense Chateauneuf du Pape has plenty of tannin to shed, so give it 3-4 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following two decades.
2010 £44.00 RP96
36 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Vieux Donjon

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The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape is dominated by Grenache with major amounts of Mourvedre, Syrah and other authorized varietals. Its dense ruby/plum color is followed by aromas of smoked meats, roasted Provencal herbs, a gamy character and lots of kirsch, black currant and blue fruits. Rich and full-bodied, it is softer than most young vintages of Vieux Donjon tend to be, and should drink well for 12-15 years.
2009 £42.00 RP94
31 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Vieux Donjon

RP -
The three component parts of the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape, Syrah from the estate’s holdings in Pialons, old vine Grenache from sandy terroirs, and Mourvedre, are all brilliant,
The wine reveals a dense purple colour along with a gorgeous bouquet of camphor, liquorice, graphite, sweet red and black fruits, smoked meats, and a hint of charcoal. Full-bodied and pure with plenty of Provencal garrigue and meaty characters, this superb, chewy red should turn out to be their finest effort since the 1998 and 1990.
2007 £56.00 RP96

TOP Vintage

6 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Vieux Donjon

RP -
Vieux Donjon’s 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is a powerful, seriously-endowed effort for the vintage, displaying more structure and muscle than most wines in this forward, fruit-friendly year. Classic Provencal characteristics of garrigue, liquorice, lavender, pepper, and kirsch soar from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-tinged offering. In the mouth, it is masculine, tannic, medium to full-bodied, and powerfully built.
2006 £34.00 RP93


41 75cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Vieux Donjon

Wine Spectator -
Juicy and spicy, with lots of raspberry ganache and blueberry notes offset by hints of mulled spices, black tea and fig cake. Really picks up steam on the finish, with a racy, mouth-watering minerality.
Should age beautifully.
2005 £38.00 WS95

The Wine Spectator has voted this the No3 Wine for 2007!

TOP Vintage

23 150cl Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Vieux Donjon

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 A very strong vintage for this traditionally made Chateauneuf du Pape, the 2003, a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre and Cinsault, has a deep ruby/plum/purple colour and a big sweet nose of dried Provencal herbs, liquorice, seaweed, and spice box. The wine is massively concentrated, relatively high in alcohol by the standards here (15% plus on their component parts), and has a long, concentrated, chewy finish with high tannin and equally high extract. If there is one Chateauneuf du Pape that smells like an open-air Provencal spice, flower, and food market, it is Vieux Donjon. It is a classic, concentrated essence of Provence, all in an alcoholic beverage.


2003 £66.00 RP95



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