No-one understands Châteauneuf-du-Pape better than Vincent Avril. Vincent maintains that ripeness is all, yet ripeness differs quite radically between the many varieties of this commune. His control of this, in combination with his zealous and unabashed proclivity to perfectionism, makes Vincent a true master of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Yields are low in 2009 (19 hl/ha), the harvest was surprisingly early and the fermentation, according to Monsieur Avril, was unusually slow and difficult. Despite this, he has succeeded in crafting utterly delicious wines.
His Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge is an outstanding wine, by any standards, imbued with finesse and power, elegance and breeding. A quintessential expression of blended Grenache with red fruits, damson and cloves to the fore, this is also amazingly complex, thanks to the number of other varieties present.Paul Avril et Fils
...there is class here. But it’s meaty and masculine. Vincent Avril thinks it will close up fast after bottling in May 2011. A bit of liquorice and leather on the nose but wonderful richness on the palate, glorious breadth and the tannins are nowhere to be seen! Majestic. Great power but no beast, early signs are very good indeed. Structure and fine tannins, lightly leathery, starts to close a little on the end but it’s really a miracle of improvement over the five lovely ingredients.
(Jancis Robinson MW , Julia Harding MW - jancisrobinson.com - 17 Nov 2010)