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Domaine Paul Avril
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côte-du-Rhône Méridionales, France
One of the benchmark estates; An iconic wine, always wonderfully warm and silky in style.
The Avril family are owner-producers based in Chateauneuf-du-Papes in the Southern Rhône. Clos-des-Papes' first vintage was in 1896. Since then, the Domaine has passed down through four generations - to present day vignerons Paul Avril and his son Vincent Avril who took over in 2009.
Clos-des-Papesisproducedbythecarefulblendingofgrapesfrom24parcelspickedfromatotalof32hecatresofvines.The blend is typically 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% other (Counoise, Muscardin and Vaccarese). Annual production is an admirably low 8,000cases, guaranteeing excellent quality.