2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Clos des Papes, Paul Avril & Fils, Rhône

2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Clos des Papes, Paul Avril & Fils, Rhône

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2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Clos des Papes, Paul Avril & Fils, Rhône

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From various plots around the appellation, farmed organically. All six white varieties were co-fermented in equal percentages. There's a distinct quince, pear and aniseed character on the nose, while in the mouth it's very full-bodied, with piercing acidity and some fine tannin on the finish. Quite a full and broad style - it's fresh, but not all that lively. You must keep this, and not drink it young.

Drink 2024-2034

Decanter (Oct 2017)

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Decanter96/100
Josh Raynolds, Vinous96/100
Jancis Robinson17+/20
Decanter96/100
From various plots around the appellation, farmed organically. All six white varieties were co-fermented in equal percentages. There's a distinct quince, pear and aniseed character on the nose, while in the mouth it's very full-bodied, with piercing acidity and some fine tannin on the finish. Quite a full and broad style - it's fresh, but not all that lively. You must keep this, and not drink it young.

Drink 2024-2034

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Josh Raynolds, Vinous96/100
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 2022-2030

Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Oct 2018) Read more
Jancis Robinson17+/20
Nutty and grapefruit character on the nose with waxy, honeyed character on the finish that is almost reminiscent of top Loire Chenin. Going very strong, and should repay cellaring.

Drink 2019-2026

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About this WINE

Paul Avril et Fils

Paul Avril et Fils

With Vincent Avril at the helm, Clos des Papes is one of the most highly regarded properties; not only in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but in the world of wine. This family estate has been certified organic for 15 years, with high attention to detail translating into impressively low production levels. Given that the vines here average over 50 years of age, they are firmly prepared and able to withstand many ordeals, including Mistral winds at 140 kilometres an hour, severe heatwaves and drought conditions. Thankfully, they were spared from the latter two in 2020.

When you visit this iconic estate, what stands out most is the complete focus on the vineyard and the absolutely hands-off approach in the cellar. The wines are amongst the purest expression of terroir you could ever wish to taste. There is a magic here that transcends the liquid in the bottle – Clos des Papes is a nonpareil of sheer brilliance.

Vincent is exceptionally happy with his ’20 wines, saying, “I can tell you ’20 is, I think, a great year that will stand the test of time. A very balanced, fine vintage with great freshness, silky tannins and good length in the mouth. Everything was climatically united, both for the red and the white. Currently, ’20 reminds me of ’05 and ’07.”

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The most celebrated village of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the birthplace of the now indispensable French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée system – imperfect though it may be. Compared to the Northern Rhône, the vineyards here are relatively flat and often feature the iconic galet pebbles – the precise benefits of which are a source of much debate. Minimum alcohol levels required by the AOC are the highest in France, but at 12.5% it is well below the natural generosity of Grenache, which only achieves its full aromatic potential when it is fully ripe and laden with the resultant high sugars. Syrah and Mourvèdre contribute the other defining elements in the blend, adding pepper, savoury spice and structure to the decadent Grenache. There are a further 10 permitted red grape varieties which can be used to adjust the “seasoning”. Of the five white varieties permitted, it is Grenache Noir’s sibling – predictably perhaps – Grenache Blanc, which dominates, though Roussanne shows a great deal of promise when handled well, notably at Château de Beaucastel.

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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