2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Clos des Papes

The non-productivity of Grenache in 2013, making up only 50% of the final blend rather than the usual 65%, means that Vincent Avril’s loyalty to all permitted varieties once again paid dividends, as increased levels of Mourvèdre gives the wine a delightful spicy, black fruit character with some tapenade notes. Whilst a more elegant incarnation than recent years, an ABV of 14.8% shows that this is definitely not a fragile, bodiless wine. With a dedication to quality that accepted the loss of 50,000 bottles in 2013, Vincent’s latest offering will offer enjoyment for years and years to come.

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Case, 6 Bottles
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  • Region & country
    Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France
  • Maturity
    Ready 2015 - 2027
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  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
2013 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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