2009 Clos de L'Oratoire Des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes is a classic producer in the Rhone that has grown in reputation since being under new ownership since 2000. Their classic label was created in 1928 and has remained unchanged ever since. The wine is composed of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, and 5% Cinsault and was aged in large traditional oak foudres.

On the nose I get beautiful aromas of stewed black cherry, cranberry sauce, orange rind, cinnamon, and a savory soy sauce component. There are also secondary aromas of stone, soil, unsweetened coco and rusty metal. It's a stunning bouquet that continues to develop in the glass and with plenty of oxygen.

On the palate the wine has an incredibly smooth and sexy texture and soft tannins for such an amazingly young wine. I have had the bottle open for about 20 hours after uncorking it, and the wine has continued to transform into the ultra urethral concoction that it is currently. I get flavors of ripe black cherry, coco powder, sweet tobacco, tea leaf, dried red currants, and crushed stones. This wine is amazingly delicious and super long and savory on the finish. It has all the complexity and seduction of a great Chateauneuf, but drinks with the ripeness and deliciousness of a new world wine. Wow......this stuff is bonkers. 95+ points


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