Clos des Papes 2013
The Clos des Papes 2013 signed by the Avril family is one of the superstar of the appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape acclaimed vintage after vintage by the critics. The 2013 vintage is certified organic.
This 2013 vintage is a pure marvel from a blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and the other 9 varieties authorized in the appellation.
"If the elders were bored to plant 13 varieties, it's good for them to be vinified together"
This 2013 vintage is an atypical vintage, an unfavorable spring has delayed the vegetative cycle. A scorching summer followed by a very favorable autumn allowed to produce powerful wines with a very beautiful maturity.
The low yields, 24 HL per hectare, as well as the aging in tuns give the wine a velvety thanks to the soft tannins and the complexity of the different grape varieties.
The nose is full of complexity with notes of black fruits and spices.
On the palate, the wines are straight, textured, with melted and elegant tannins.
The wine Advocate 94/100
"Tasted out of bottle, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape comes from miniscule yields of 13 hectoliter per hectare (25-39 hectoliters per hectare is normal for the appellation), and hits 14.8% natural alcohol. It has a darker, slightly more concentrated, austere feel than the 2014, and has ample kirsch, blackberry, peppery and crushed rock-like aromas and flavors. Vincent commented that he thinks this vintage will shut down after a few years in bottle, so if you’re going try one in its youth, find the corkscrew. While obviously not a great wine, it’s certainly outstanding and has considerable charm and elegance. It will also have 10-15 years of overall longevity. Drink 2015-2030."
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