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Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2016 [PRE-ARRIVAL] [1.5L MAGNUM] (Southern Rhone, France) - [JD 97-100] [DM 98] [RP 94-96]
Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2016 [1.5L MAGNUM] (Southern Rhone, France) - [RP 94-96]


 
Retail Price: $335.00
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Winery: Clos des Papes
Varietal: 65% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah
Region: Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone, France
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 1.5L

Availability:: ETA October 2018
Product Code: CLOSDESPAPESCDP16-M-W
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About the winery:

The Avril family has been making wine at Clos de Papes since the 18th century. Paul-Vincent was trained at wine school in Dijon, as was his father. This training and philosophy in Burgundy is evident in their philosophy towards winemaking in Châteauneuf-du-Pape- the wines of the appellation are able to attain richness, power and age-ability, the Avirl’s also want to achieve finesse and balance. Today, the property has 32 hectares, of which 3 hectares are the white varieties. There are twenty four different parcels spread around the town which allows for the various terroirs play-ing a role in the expression of the wine. They practice strict selection of 50+ year old vines and have some of the lowest yields in the appellation. The Avril’s also practice destemming, which they have been doing since 1991. The wine is vinified in ceramic-lined vats and spends a year in large, old foudres.

50% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah and others

Ratings & Reviews
97-100 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Paul-Vincent is going to be beauty! As is normal I was able to taste through numerous foudre of different blends, as well as a foudre of the final blend, all of the samples showed distinct, rich, even opulent profile, terrific purity and ripe backbones. The final cuvee shows the classic sweet core of fruit that’s the hallmark of this estate, as well as notable complexity in its peppery herbs, dried flowers, scorched earth and graphite aromas and flavors. This is a darker fruited cuvee than normal, and I suspect it’s going to rival the 2007 and 2010." - (12/2017)

98 Points - Decanter:
"Yields are always low at Clos des Papes, but this was Vincent Avril's biggest harvest since 2007, with yields of 25hl/ha. A tasting of various different blends highlighted the part played by each main variety, but the final blend shows a young wine that is already aromatically harmonious, bright and detailed. It's fuller-bodied than an average vintage, deep yet fresh. It has a powerful tannic and acidic framework this year, but the wine is very well balanced and very long, with a sublime freshness. An effortlessly brilliant Clos des Papes. Drinking Window 2024 - 2040." - MW (10/2017)

94-96 Poins - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Paul-Vincent Avril and I tasted his 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape from several different foudres, including number 30, which he said best approximated the final blend. It boasts everything you could ever want in a full-bodied red: complex garrigue and anise notes, a blend of cherry, peach and blueberry fruit, a lush, creamy texture and a long finish. With its power and concentration, it should age well for at least two decades." - Joe Czerwinski (31st Oct 2017)


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