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Paul Avril




Châteauneuf du Pape

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Châteauneuf du Pape, Clos des Papes, 2014

12x75cl £506.78

1 case Equiv. £42.23 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

The 2014 contains less Grenache than usual (55%) with Mourvedre being the beneficiary which is up to 35% of the blend, so very dominant. There is also 5% Syrah and 5% other varieties including Vacarese and Counoise. A light Clos des Papes at 14.4% alcohol, and all the more beautiful for it. Burgundian, elegant red berry and Victoria plum flavours, floral and spicy - the freshness and peppery quality of the Mourvedre shines through with a lovely offsetting summer berry sweetness, ample enough but not dense. Nervy but less so than the 2008 vintage, for example, and with that tell-tale Clos des Pape’s silkiness. This will be an early drinker, although Vincent tends to advise that you leave his wines for at least six years before approaching them, but certainly has the intensity and balance to age well.

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