Paul Avril’s estate Clos du Papes is Rhône royalty and the wines produced here have a unique elegance and piercing aromatic expression that earns them a legendary reputation. Production is modern but eschews the use of new oak or filtering of any kind and, perhaps most importantly no super priced super cuvées – all the best fruit and wine making energy goes into creating the single sublime wine that has been produced here for over a century.
Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge [En Primeur – Due June 2022] 2020
The 2020 Clos des Papes Blanc presents aromas of pear, grapefruit, anise and also a floral side. In the mouth, there is freshness, a mineral character and, as we often find, a certain salinity, all which bode well. It would go very well with fish, poultry, scallops, lobster and certain cheeses. It is comparable to the 2019 but with a little less power and greater finesse.