2004 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Clos des Papes

Clos des Papes is assembled two months prior to bottling. Vincent Avril has traditionally fermented more than one variety in the same vat, dependant on ripeness and harvest date, and to aid complexity as well as to respect tradition. While differences were inevitable between samples, a considerable depth of luxurious fruit was evident, allied to superb intensity and an inspired structure comprising luscious tannins and vibrant acidity. Powerful and balanced, these traits come to the fore in what is certain to be seen as one of the great wines of the vintage, indeed of the region.

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  • Region & country
    Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France
  • Maturity
    Ready 2010 - 2024
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  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2004 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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