Bottled in May, the 2015 Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a floral, elegant, unbelievably complex wine. Roses and violets, cherries and stone fruit, cinnamon and allspice and more are carried across the full-bodied yet almost weightless palate, finishing in a swirl of silky tannins and lingering spice. Drink it over the next two decades.
Paul Avril (1873-1962) was one of the people behind the creation of the appellation. In 1896 he started to sell his wines with the name Clos des Papes. One parcel is nearby the pope's castle and has been surrounded by walls (clos). From here came the name of the domain.
Since 2011 the vineyards are certified "organic farming". The secret behind the high quality is a low yield. The yield is minimized by green harvest and by repeated sorting of the grapes during harvest. Clos des Papes is not a place for experiments. The aim is constantly to make a wine of very high quality that meets the expectations from Paul Vincent Avril himself as well from his costumers around the world.