The 2022 Clos des Papes is spectacular. Arguably the most Burgundian of all Chateauneuf properties, we tasted the assembled wine from barrel last week and found it to be refined, sumptuous and luscious. A lower yielding vintage, as has become the norm here, Vincent Avril explained that the Mourvedre was particularly successful, comprising about 30% of the blend. He described how he is “happy with the 2022. It is less concentrated than the 2019 and it will certainly age.” A wine of seamless balance, rich, sweet fruit complexity and layers, this address routinely turns out wines of impeccable balance and finesse.
The white grapes were hit by a hailstorm in August, which reduced the crop by 50%. This has produced a more gourmand, concentrated, fruit driven expression; a wine that delivers a huge amount of up front pleasure and intensity. It’s rare to see such skill in both colours. Clos des Papes rarely disappoints.
The 2022 Châteauneuf Du Pape reminds me of the 2007 with its incredible sexiness and seamless, elegant texture. Black cherry liqueur, Provençal herbs, flowers, and licorice are just some of its nuances, and it's full-bodied, with a layered mouthfeel, gorgeous tannins, and a great, great finish. Tasted from multiple foudre, this is unquestionably up with the finest in the vintage, and as I’ve written in the past, it’s almost impossible to have too much Clos des Papes in the cellar! - 97-99pts, Jeb Dunnuck.
The 2022 Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc is the usual blend of all the permitted varieties. It shows the richer, layered, opulent style of the vintage beautifully, with loads of pear, acacia flower, citrus oil, and spice notes all defining the aromatics, and it's full-bodied, with a layered, opulent texture and a great finish. – 97pts, Jeb Dunnuck.
Wines are offered En Primeur for shipment autumn 2024. Wines are subject to final confirmation. Prices are quoted under bond excluding duty and VAT.