2003 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Clos des Papes

In Vincent Avril’s opinion, 2003 has the makings of a truly great vintage: again he focuses on the natural density of fruit, and maintains that the wine’s acidity is extraordinarily bright for such a warm year. As at Vieux Télégraphe, we tasted three different cuvées which make up the component parts of the finished wine. The first was a fifty-fifty Grenache and Syrah blend fermented together to give a superbly full wine maintaining the natural power one would normally expect only from a fine Mourvèdre cuvée. The second was Grenache/Syrah, which concentrated more on intense black fruits, verging on fruit compote, and the final one was a blend of all three varieties, but with Grenache as the predominant grape and with only 5% Syrah. This cuvée had a delicious sweetness of fruit, and a fine opulence. The combined blend married these three styles beautifully to create a superbly complex wine with real longevity. The 2003 is certainly Clos des Papes at its best.

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  • Region & country
    Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France
  • Grape
  • Maturity
    Mature 2013 - 2020
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2003 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Clos des Papes
Domaine du Clos des Papes

Three generations of the Avril family, all named Paul, have worked the land since 1896. Paul Vincent Avril, who runs the estate today, trained at top places such as Chateau Mouton Rothschild before returning to Clos des Papes. He’s known for particular methods, like low yields, no new oak and no filtering, all which contribute to his wine’s complexity. Their cellar is almost a cathedral to fine wine in its grandeur, and befitting of the legendary wines the Avrils continue to produce.

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