Tasted these nice Châteauneuf-du-Pape´s at a friends house a month ago. Ranging from good to great, none of them deserves, in my book, the lofty scores given by the one-and-only Mr Parker...
2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos des Papes
A deep, mature, fine nose with notes of autumn leaves, dry fudge, warm herbs and some dried flowers. Very nice, soft, gentle but with lots of character.
The taste is rounded and mature with a nice core of softened tannins and dried red fruit. A nice warmth in the finish, which is medium long. Some old tobacco. Very good.
This one was the only really mature wine of the four, but in a very good stage. I had it as my favourite.
92p (tasted 2011/10)
We also tasted 2001 Clarendon Hills Blewitt Springs Vineyard, that was really good but very sweet. It also felt rather young but the question is if its going to get better with age? (88p) The 2011 Clarendon Hills Kangarilla Vineyard was on the other hand a complete mess, with an overdose of toothpaste, sage and eucalyptus on the nose and cherries in licquer, sweet licorice and lots of alcohol in the taste (65p)