1996 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape, from the wine list of Portland restaurant. Dark red, 50% opaque. In palate acidity prominent, mid+ weight. Some heat, good length. Great balance and structure, but the acidity says ‘drink up’.
I saw the bottle, so didn’t guess. Had I guessed I would have been completely wrong.
1996 Clos des Papes is a good CDP from a mediocer to rather not so good year in Chateauneuf. Overall pleasant to drink but not a block buster. Worth mentioning the winemaking changed completly at the Domain Clos des Papes after 1990 which is the last vintage of Clos des Papes in which hid did not destem. Hence also the longevaty of the newer vintages is no longer as good as with the very old ones.
"Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough" Mark Twain