Clos des Papes was one of the first estates in Chateauneuf du Pape, as well as in all of the Rhone Valley to produce, bottle and sell their own wine. Their first wine bearing the Clos des Papes label was released in 1896. The vineyard of Clos des Papes consists of 35 hectares of vines that are spread over 24 separate parcels in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation for the production of their wine. 4 hectares in their cooler terroir are reserved for grapes used in the production of Clos des Pape Blanc , their white Chateauneuf du Pape wine. 31 hectares are used to plant grapes for their red Chateauneuf du Pape. Part of what makes the wine of Clos des Papes special is the range of different terroirs and soils their vineyards are located in.
Varieties: Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Mourvèdre e Carignan
“Avril’s newest effort exhibits a medium ruby color, and an attractive Provencal nose of kirsch, herbs, pepper, and spice. Rustic in the mouth, but satisfying in a low-keyed way, this pleasant, cleanly made, medium-bodied wine can be drunk over the next 1-2 years.” 84/100 Points, Robert Parker Jr. – robertparker.com