One of the most important producers in the commune of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vincent Avril of Clos des Papes still resolutely makes but two wines, a red and a white (plus a little Petit Vin d'Avril, a Vin de France). It is also one of the few domaines to grow and employ all thirteen grape varieties. Very low yields are the norm here. A "gold standard estate", according to John Livingstone-Learmonth. For style, Vincent Avril looks north and his love of the wines of Burgundy.
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N.B. Again, this is a wine to drink in the first 4 years before putting it away for the next 6 whilst it shuts up tight like cocoon. Thereafter it will emerge like a nutty butterfly. The nose is simply beautiful, giving off scents of crystallised fruits, including small oranges, lemon and lime, pear, peach and those kernelly notes like almonds. This is rich but very cool in the mouth, going forward in a wave of pear, white peach and almond fruit. There's a distinct stoniness here: minerals. Very juicy wine. I also found a spice flavours like fresh ginger. Very fresh; very concentrated; very elegant; very mineral. Grippy and very, very long. The minerals at the finish have the texture of talcum powder. Utterly beguiling. Bowes Wine original note
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