Clos des Papes is owned by the Avril family, now headed by Paul Avril and his son Vincent. The family has been making wine in Chateauneuf-du-Pape for 300 years. The name Clos des Papes comes from the fact that the original vineyard was part of a papal estate located inside a chateau. The Avril family now owns parcels throughout the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation, giving the estate a total of nearly 90 acres of vineyards planted mostly to Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah.
Light red in color. 14% ABV. Tremendous nose of red fruits, roasted herbs, blood and garrigue. Medium body with perfect acidity. Powerful and concentrated. Clean and well balanced. Somewhat rustic with an appealing roasted quality to the fruit. Kirsch, plums, herbes de Provence and a bit of earth on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Great showing from a favorite producer in just a stellar vintage. Well stored bottles should drink nicely for at least another 2-4 years.
My rating: 96 points.
Current vintages of Clos des Papes are readily available. Look for the the 2016 and 2017 but expect to pay upwards of $100 per bottle.