2012, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, WINE

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Viticulture in France dates to Roman times, and evidence of this heritage can be found all across the country. Until 2015, it was the world's top wine producing country in terms of volume, and while Italy has since claimed that spot, France remains the world's most important wine producing country in terms of quality and reptutation. Nowhere else can you find a greater concentration of astounding wines in such a wide variety of styles. Quality is driven by the official AOC geographic designation system, which outlines strict rules defining the production and quality of each region's wines, a system that has been imitated and employed throughout most of the world's other winegrowing countries. France is indeed original in this regard, with individual vineyard names, production rules, and property records dating back ten centuries or more in some cases.

The country's stylistic diversity and quality are also due to France's various micro-climates and geographic characteristics. Its coolest, most northerly region, Champagne, is the source of the finest examples of sparkling wine anywhere, and the long and winding Loire Valley is renowned for its steely, mineral-driven Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Just south and east of there, the gentle slopes and continental climate of Burgundy produce not only the world's best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but arguably the world's best wines, period. The southwestern, maritime region of Bordeaux is one of the world's largest, geographically speaking, and its reputation for epic wines is second to none. The region's top Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot-based wines are among the most ageworthy and expensive bottlings on the market. Along the southern coast, the hot, Mediterranean climates of Languedoc-Roussillon, Rhône, and Provence produce big, opulent Grenache and Syrah-based wines, as well as the world's most famous rosés. Truly, France stands unmatched in the world of wine.

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93 points James Suckling: Plenty of tarry, black fruits and plum paste, this has waves of flavor and ripe tannins on the palate that emanate long with red plum fruit flavors and a ripe, open-knit finish. Drink now. (8/14/17) ...
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St.-Cosme Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012  (#330278)

[ 93 points James Suckling: Plenty of tarry, black fruits and plum paste, this has waves of flavor and ripe tannins on the palate that emanate long with red plum fruit flavors and a ripe, open-knit finish. Drink now. (8/14/17) ] 93 points James Suckling: Plenty of tarry, black fruits and plum paste, this has waves of flavor and ripe tannins on the palate that emanate long with red plum fruit flavors and a ripe, open-knit finish. Drink now. (8/14/17)

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95 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): One of the blockbusters in the vintage... 80% Grenache, completely destemmed and aged 12 months in 80% stainless steel and 20% old barrels -- offers fantastic richness and depth in its blackberry liqueur, graphite, wood smoke and crushed-rock-like aromas and… ...
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Mordoree Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Reine des Bois 2012  (#326072)

Rhone Blends - Red from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 95 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): One of the blockbusters in the vintage... 80% Grenache, completely destemmed and aged 12 months in 80% stainless steel and 20% old barrels -- offers fantastic richness and depth in its blackberry liqueur, graphite, wood smoke and crushed-rock-like aromas and flavors. An elegant, stylish and polished example of this cuvée, it comes closest in my mind to a lighter-weight 2010. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and with fine tannin, it will drink well for 10-15 years. (Oct 2014) ] 95 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): One of the blockbusters in the vintage... 80% Grenache, completely destemmed and aged 12 months in 80% stainless steel and 20% old barrels -- offers fantastic richness and depth in its blackberry liqueur,…

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99 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum is a singular wine and comes from a small plot of ancient Grenache vines that are located on the famed La Crau lieu-dit, on the eastern edge of the appellation, near Vieux Télégraphe. It offers an insane bouquet of… ...
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Clos Saint-Jean Chateauneuf-du-Pape Sanctus Sanctorum 2012  (#320669)

Rhone Blends - Red from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 99 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum is a singular wine and comes from a small plot of ancient Grenache vines that are located on the famed La Crau lieu-dit, on the eastern edge of the appellation, near Vieux Télégraphe. It offers an insane bouquet of cassis, kirsch and black raspberry intermixed with sweet licorice, toasted spice and ground pepper that s to die for. This is followed by a massive, full-bodied, seamless wine that has building tannin, no hard edges and a finish that won t quit. The only problem here is that it s almost impossible to get your hands on a bottle (there are roughly 200 magnums to go around). It s certainly in the same ballpark as the 2009 and 2010, and will have two decades of longevity, although it should be firing on all cylinders in 5-6 years. Drink: 2017-2032. (Oct 2014) ] 99 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Sanctus Sanctorum is a singular wine and comes from a small plot of ancient Grenache vines that are located on the famed La Crau lieu-dit, on the eastern edge of the appellation,…

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93 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): Slightly richer, yet still a leaner, more fresh example of this cuvee, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Barberini (70% Roussanne, 20% Clairette and 10% Grenache Blanc) offers up brilliant notes of ripe peaches, vanilla creme, toasted almonds and hints of… ...
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Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Barberini 2012  (#328671)

Rhone Blends - White from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France

[ 93 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): Slightly richer, yet still a leaner, more fresh example of this cuvee, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Barberini (70% Roussanne, 20% Clairette and 10% Grenache Blanc) offers up brilliant notes of ripe peaches, vanilla creme, toasted almonds and hints of brioche. Aged mostly in new French oak, it is a rich, medium to full-bodied white that has balancing acidity and freshness. Deserving of a classy meal, it should have 4-5 years of prime drinking. Drink now-2018. (11/13) ] 93 points Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): Slightly richer, yet still a leaner, more fresh example of this cuvee, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Barberini (70% Roussanne, 20% Clairette and 10% Grenache Blanc) offers up brilliant notes of ripe peaches…

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