CLOS DES PAPES CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 19
Winemaker Paul-Vincent Avril typically works with a blend of three main grapes - 20% Mourvedre, 50% Grenache and 10% Syrah, with the balance being a mix of all the other permitted varieties (Clos des Papes is one of the few estates to use all permitted varieties for both red and white Chateauneuf). This is dense and complex Chateauneuf that will profit from 20 years plus in the cellar.
Matt Walls Decanter - 98 Points
"Bright and floral on the nose. The tannins are extremely fine, almost imperceptible, but very much present, giving the wine a strong base for long ageing. It's perfectly balanced, long and deep, resulting in a rich but surprisingly classic vintage of Clos des Papes considering the extreme conditions this year. Rich but bright, very complete and pure with no excesses. Vines are typically 30 to 40 years old, spread across 24 parcels. Matured for 12 months in foudres of at least four years of age."