One of the great vintages from this estate, surpassing even the 1990, 2000, 2001, 2003, and maybe the 2010 (time will tell with this one), the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape from Vincent Avril delivers everything you could want from a wine. Full-bodied, intense and beautifully concentrated, with plenty of muscle and depth, it shows the hallmark elegance and purity of the estate, with sensational notes of kirsch liqueur, raspberries, incense, smoked meats and Asian spices. The blend is the normal 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and the rest a mix of permitted varieties, brought up all in older foudre, and it's just now entering its prime drink window and has another two decades of longevity.
100 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Issue # 229 - Feb 2017)
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)