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

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    France

  • Region:

    Rhone

  • Grape:

    Grenache

  • Grape Blend:

    Grenache 50%,Mourvedre 20%,Syrah 10% + other varieties

  • Winemaker:

    Vincent Avril

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

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

Tasting Notes

Grenache at its best manages to walk a tightrope between positively raisiny richness and an unlikely, but utterly tempting, red fruit scent. The fruit here is rich, with luscious prunes and crystallised plum, which blends irresistibly with bright, warm red berry scents and a scratch of herbs. - Decanter 95pts

Critics Reviews

Wine Spectator 98pts (2015) - This offersa drop-dead gorgeous core of cassis and raspberry pate de fruit flavors that holds center stage but still allows notes of Lapsang souchong tea, anise, incense and shiso leaf to chime in. Very long, with a sublime feel through the mineral-tinged finish. So seductive already, but this will cruise in the cellar. Drink now through 2040.

Wine Advocate 97pts (2015) - Bottled in May, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a floral, elegant, unbelievably complex wine. Roses and violets, cherries and stone fruit, cinnamon and allspice and more are carried across the full-bodied yet almost weightless palate, finishing in a swirl of silky tannins and lingering spice. Drink it over the next two decades.

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.