|Rhône||2015||CDP Clos des Papes, Paul Avril Clos des Papes||BT||1 \ 4||16||600.00||12||16||66.666666666667||98.00||98.00||CDP Clos des Papes, Avril||0.75||10|
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This has a drop-dead gorgeous core of cassis and raspberry pâte de fruit flavors that holds center stage but still allows notes of Lapsang souchong tea, anise, incense and shiso leaf to chime in. Very long, with a sublime feel through the mineral-tinged finish. So seductive already, but this will cruise in the cellar. Drink now through 2040.
From Best of 2017: Joe Czerwinski. Several other 2015s equalled this wine (measured strictly by the points), but I love the floral aromas and silkiness of the tannins here. On a more philosophical note, I applaud the approach of continuing to make a single estate wine, rather than bottling individual parcels separately.
The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of a slightly improved 2005 and has a fresh, classic style with beautiful concentration, notable freshness, first-rate tannin quality, and the classic spice and sweet red and black fruits this cuvee is known for. I suspect this beauty will close down relatively quickly after bottling and take 5-6 years to show at its best, but it will drink well for 15+ years.