One of the top wines in this incredible vintage is Avril's 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape, which is the normal blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and the rest of mix of permitted varieties. Brought up all in older foudre, it's a blockbuster, almost over-the-top, effort that gives up notes of kirsch, incense, dried flowers, spice and pepper. Deep, full-bodied, massively concentrated, unctuous and downright sexy, it needs another 2-3 years of cellaring and will have 30 years or more of overall longevity.
99 points, eRobertParker.com (Sep 2015)
A huge, heady wine, the 2007 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape possesses massive aromatics of kirsch, incense, flowers, garrigue and spice that show both intensity and freshness at the same time. The palate is as good as it gets with full body, an amazingly lush, full texture and perfect integration of fruit, alcohol, acidity and tannin. There’s massive structure hiding underneath all of the fruit and the finish has serious length. Give this a couple years to integrate all of its parts and then drink over the next 20 years.
98+ points, Jeb Dunnuck's Rhone Report (Issue # 1 - Aug 2009)
Absolutely stunning, with a deep well of crème de cassis that’s thoroughly pure and captivating, while black tea, fig cake, hoisin sauce, incense and graphite notes weave throughout. The supervelvety finish lets blackberry, boysenberry and crushed cherry fruit take an encore-as if this needed any more fruit. A fantastic display of precision in a very opulent year. Best from 2010 through 2030.
97 points, Wine Spectator (Jul 2009)