Yesterday saw the publication of the Wine Advocate’s Châteauneuf du Pape 2019 and 2020 report in which Joe Czerwinski confirms that the appellation has continued its run of great vintages. “Marked by largely dry, warm summers and early ripening, both years have yielded some great wines—and many excellent ones”.
Also released was Czerwinski’s scoring for the Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2019, awarding a well-deserved 97+ points. This score sits nicely alongside those of Jeb Dunnuck and Decanter’s Matt Wells, who both award 98 points.
Winemaker Paul-Vincent Avril at Clos des Papes likens this 2019 iteration to the exceptional 2007, characterizing the 2019 as “ powerful and rich”.
2021 was a challenging vintage for the region with Czerwinski suggesting “buyers may want to grab what they can over the next year or so”.
We have just 4 cases of the Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2019 in stock and available for immediate delivery. As Jeb Dunnuck says, “don’t miss this beauty”.
98 Points | Jeb Dunnuck
Tasted out of bottle, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape is a stunning example of this estate as well as the vintage. Gorgeous kirsch, flowery incense, spice box, and garrigue-like notes define the nose, and it hits the palate with classic Clos des Papes elegance and finesse backed up by a great mid-palate, fabulous concentration, and a monster of a finish. Don’t miss this beauty. It can be enjoyed today with incredible pleasure or cellared for two decades. (Drink between 2021-2041)
98 Points | Decanter, Matt Walls
Bright and floral on the nose. The tannins are extremely fine, almost imperceptible, but very much present, giving the wine a strong base for long ageing. It’s perfectly balanced, long and deep, resulting in a rich but surprisingly classic vintage of Clos des Papes considering the extreme conditions this year. Rich but bright, very complete and pure with no excesses. Vines are typically 30 to 40 years old, spread across 24 parcels. Matured for 12 months in foudres of at least four years of age.
97+ Points | The Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski
Coming in at 16% alcohol (like the 2016), the 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape from Clos des Papes carries it comfortably, showing no sign of overt heat or overripeness. Hints of leather and crushed stone appear on the nose, adding a pleasant nuance to the somewhat monolithic black-cherry fruit. It shows less nuance and complexity than the 2020 at this stage but shows plenty of promise, as its concentration is matched by freshness and a long, reasonably elegant, finish. This will likely need some time to come around.
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