"91 out of 100…Vincent Avril fashioned one of the finest 2008 Chateauneuf du Papes of the appellation. Made from a classic blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and the rest an assortment of permitted varietals, it exhibits a dark color as well as a bouquet of lavender, kirsch, licorice, loamy balsamic notes and hints of roasted meats and herbs. Evolved by this estate’s standards, it is an elegant effort with surprising density and richness. I actually prefer it to the 2005 (which was The Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year). The 2008 should drink nicely for 10-15 years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate
"95 out of 100...Dark, inviting and very alluring, with captivating black tea, charred mesquite and kirsch aromas and flavors allied to a remarkably silky mouthfeel. Superlong, with mineral, violet, pepper and additional crushed cherry and plum fruit notes all gliding through the finish. Best from 2011 through 2027. 5,500 cases made. - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
"93 out of 100...A consistent showing by the 2008 Clos des Papes ChÃƒÂ¢teauneuf-du-Pape and this continues to offer upfront, immediate appeal, with perfumed, complex aromatics, a medium to full-bodied, supple mouth feel, and no shortage of length on the finish. Despite the approachable nature here, it has excellent tannin and grip. While a superb drink now, this delicious, burgundian styled ChÃƒÂ¢teauneuf-du-Pape will evolve gracefully for another decade or more. - Jeb Dunnuck, Rhone Report
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