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Paul Avril Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005 750ml

France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Southern Rhone Red Blend

- + #217 Feb 2015
Hitting a natural 15.5% alcohol, Paul-Vincent¡¯s 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape is decidedly more elegant and finesse-styled now than it was on release, where it was more dominated by its tannic structure. Still a youthful ruby color, it offers up a perfumed bouquet of kirsch and blackberry-like fruits, licorice, incense, Asian spice and forest floor. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied, seamless, elegant wine that¡¯s lost all of its baby fat, yet still has a core of sweet fruit, fine tannin and a balanced, harmonious feel. It¡¯s not a powerhouse, and is drinking nicely today, with another decade of longevity.