2011 Clos St. Jean Chateauneuf du Pape V.V....$29.99
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The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is gorgeous (especially in the vintage), with loads of black raspberry, framboise and kirsch that's balanced by notions of spring flowers, incense and spice. A forward, up-front version of this cuvee, it's hard to resist now, yet it will have no problem evolving gracefully through 2023.
Since taking control of the estate in 2002, and bringing on board rock star consultant Philippe Cambie, the Maurel brothers has been knocking it out of the park in literally every vintage. 2004? Gorgeous wines and easily at the top in a recent retrospective. The cooler, rainy 2008? Beautiful ripeness and texture, and again, at the top of the hierarchy. 2011 is the same story, and it’s amazing what this team has accomplished in all of their vintages.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate