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More about Clos des Papes
Since 2011, the vineyards are certified as "agriculture biologique".
Only one cuvÃ©e of each white (10% of production) and red ChÃ¢teauneufdu Pape produced. Since 1991, the grapes are completely destemmed and since 1987, the entire production is bottled at the Domaine.
The secret behind the high quality is the extremely low yield. In the 2007, 2008 and 2009 vintages, the yield was 25, 17 and 19 hl/ha, respectively. The yield is minimized by green harvesting and by repeated sorting of the grapes during the harvest.
Clos des Papes is not a place for experimentation.
The aim is always to produce a very high quality wine that meets the expectations of Paul Vincent Avril himself as well as those of his customers all over the world. For Avril, it is a sign of quality when the wine is recognizable across vintages. 80% of the production, which is around 100,000 bottles, is exported. For Avril it is no problem to sell his wines even in times when the market is suffering from a crisis.
ChÃ¢teauneuf du Pape Rouge 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% others. Aged in barrels for 12-15 months.
ChÃ¢teauneuf du Pape Blanc Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Picpoul. No wood involved.