The wine of Clos des Papes was first released in 1896, an unusual estate at the time for producing, bottling and selling their own wine under the lead of Paul Avril, one of the architects of the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. Paul Vincent Avril took command of Clos des Papes in 1988 after training at numerous wineries including Chateau Mouton Rothschild. His style demands 100% destemming of grapes, never using new oak barrels and never intends to produce a premium label wine.
Currently, the estate covers 32 hectares across 24 individual parcels in Chateauneuf du Pape, 90% of which is devoted to a red blend. Additionally, a declassified Chateauneuf du Pape, Petit Vin d'Avril is produced from excess fruit.
The Burgundian-styled 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape is drinking at point today. Possessing beautiful notes of forest floor, truffles, spice, garrigue and sweet cherry and kirsch like fruit, this beauty has notable freshness and purity, medium to full-bodied richness, fine tannin and a layered, integrated texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. There's no need to delay gratification here and I'd enjoy bottles over the coming 4-5 years.
Lush textures and a perfume packed with kirsch, Provencal herbs, earth, strawberry jam and pepper. Elegant, charming, sensuous, fresh, pure and drinking perfectly today.
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As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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Items can be ordered In Bond for transfer to clients own bonded storage accounts. We are able to action this process for a single consignment charge of £10 ex VAT, this covers any quantity.