Approximately 45% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre?
Clos des Papes is one of the great established names of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and in recent years has produced a succession of remarkable wines made by Paul-Vincent Avril. For the red Chateauneuf, Clos des Papes uses up to 20% of Mourvedre in the blend. Grenache and Syrah are the other main components at around 50% and 10% respectively, with the balance being a mix of all the other permitted varieties. Clos des Papes is one of the few estates to use all permitted varieties for both red and white Chateauneuf. They are well-known for producing one of the most authentic and long-lived examples of the appellation, having started estate bottling in 1896. The white Chateauneuf-du-Pape also ages extremely well providing great drinking pleasure for 20 years or more. It is made from almost equal percentages of all the permitted white varieties. The property has today 32 ha, 3 of which is with white varieties. 24 different parcels are spread around the town, and a parcel is nearby the “Pope’s Castle” and has been surrounded by walls (clos), which is where the name of the domain originates. These wines are very limited and always in high demand.
What The Critics Say
94-96/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski
"Paul-Vincent Avril and I tasted from several foudres of the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape. Foudre #17 was Syrah-heavy, with plenty of blueberry and blackberry fruit tinged with licorice. Full-bodied and rich, it was also silky and long (93 - 95 points). Number 19 was 55% Grenache and 45% Mourvèdre, more floral, herbal and spicy, with black cherry fruit and ample concentration (95 - 97 points). From #18, an approximation of the final 60,000-bottle blend, the wine was full-bodied and velvety, ripe and concentrated without going over the top, with cherry and blueberry fruit that lingered on the finish (94 - 96 points). According to Avril, the 2017 will be approximately 45% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre, with the balance mainly Syrah, and a finished alcohol of about 15.3% (less than in 2016)." Drink 2020 - 2035
18.5/20 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming
"Several different cask samples tasted at the domaine. Sample 1: 64% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 6% Mourvèdre and Counoise. Quite limited nose but the palate shines – peppery, silky, pure black cherry and piquant spice on the finish. A touch of smoke and char. Long, fragrant length. Very soft tannins. Sample 2: 55% Grenache, 45% Mourvèdre. Black fruit on the nose, then lovely floral complexity on the finish, lined with sweet spice and dark chocolate. Same feathery tannin. Meaty, savoury length. Crystal clear. Sample 3 – possible final blend: 45% Grenache, 40% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, plus Muscardin, Counoise and Vaccarèse. Black cherry, wet earth, lovely moss and garrigue with a granitic ferrous edge. Super-smooth tannins – ready to go. Lovely, long, leathery finish with savoury, charred meat to finish. (RH)." Drink 2020 - 2037
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