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-Papes is produced by the careful blending of grapes from 24 parcels picked from a total of 32 hecatres of vines. The blend is typically 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% other (Counoise, Muscardin and Vaccarese). Annual production is an admirably low 8,000 cases, guaranteeing excellent quality.
The estate also produces a Clos-des-Papes Blanc (10% production) and a second red, Le Petit Vin d'Avril, made from declassified Chateauneuf du Papegrapes and a 5ha vineyard parcel adjacent to the Rhône river. This declassified status makes it one of the best value-for-money and desirable wines inall of the Rhône.
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