December 17th 2010
Clos des Papes’ Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2009 made it onto Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2010 at number 10. Here are their notes:
“Clos des Papes is widely recognized for its red cuvée (its 2005 earned Wine of the Year in 2007), but this estate also produces one of the appellation’s best whites. From the Southern Rhône’s excellent 2009 vintage, this wine blends equal parts Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Picpoul and Bourboulenc. To retain freshness, Vincent Avril fermented the wine in stainless steel tanks and avoided malolactic conversion. This white will benefit from a few years in the cellar.
Superfresh, with blanched almond, green plum, yellow apple and verbena notes carried by almost brisk minerality. The finish is really bright and mouthwatering. There’s rather stony precision and this still a touch tight. Begs for cellaring. Best from 2011 through 2020. 1,000 cases made. 95 points”
We still have a few six packs of this extraordinary wine available for just £180 per six In Bond. Click here to buy.