Clos des Papes, Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2016

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    France

  • Region:

    Rhone

  • Grape:

    White Blend

  • Grape Blend:

    Grenache blanc,Bourboulenc,Clairette,Roussanne,Picpoul and Picardin

  • Winemaker:

    Vincent Avril

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Clos des Papes Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

I always find the white from this terrific estate to be near the top of the hierarchy in terms of quality, yet it’s made in a very different style than the likes of Beaucastel’s Blanc or the old vine Clairette from St. Prefert (or the whites from Vaudieu), and is more fresh, crisp and pure. Even from a hot vintage, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc offers a beautiful crispness as well as terrific aromatics of caramelized citrus, spice and apple core. Clean, vibrant and yet also concentrated, it’s certainly enjoyable today, yet won’t hit maturity until 7-8 years and will keep for a decade or more after that. - Jeb Dunnock 95pts

Production Notes

Made from roughly equal quantities of all 6 permitted white varieties, Grenache blanc, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin fermented cool and kept on lees for 5 months, no malolactic. These whites have not only amazing richness and depth, but also fabulous acidity and structure enabling them to age effortlessly for 2 or decades.

Critics Reviews

Vinous 94pts (2016) - 'Pale gold. Intense honeydew, Meyer lemon, pear nectar and toasted brioche aromas on the mineral-accented nose. Juicy and expansive in the mouth, offering densely packed, sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a suggestion of gingery spices. Shows superb energy and mineral bite on the clinging finish, which features a sexy floral quality and repeating minerality. Drink 2021-2030

Producer Profile

The Avrils are undoubtedly one of the oldest families of the village and were one of the first to bottle wines under their own label back in 1896. Today the estate is masterminded by Vincent Avril, a broad-minded, forward thinking gentleman who has led the domaine from strength to strength. He has both a strong commercial sense, thanks to his studies at a Swiss business school, and an undeniable talent in the winery. For the past twenty years, Clos des Papes has consistently produced outstanding wines and is now recognised as one of the leading lights of the appellation. The Avrils are fanatical about the work in the vineyard. The 35ha which make up the domaine are divided amongst 24 different parcels which cover the five communes of the appellation and which comprise of all 13 of the permitted grapes varieties of chateauneuf-du-Pape. A combination of Vincent's studies of wine in Burgundy, his love of Pinot Noir, his soils, and the winemaking lead to an incredible elegance in each of his wines. The reds have great depth and character with exceptionally fine tannins, and never heavy nor alcoholic. The whites are full-bodied with great acidity and open out after two to three years.