2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Clos des Papes

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Average critic rating : 91.0 points



The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc, which includes equal percentages of all six authorized white varietals, exhibits notes of licorice, poached pears, honeysuckle, and citrus. Deep and full-bodied with good acidity as well as surprising length and richness, it is one of the top whites of the appellation. ||I have participated in so many exceptional tastings with Paul Avril that it is difficult for me to accept that his brilliant son, Vincent, may be eclipsing the work of his father. Vincent, trained in Burgundy, appears to be pushing things to an even higher level of quality. Nothing has changed in these cellars; everything is still as traditional as you will find. All the wines are kept in foudre, and the red Chateauneuf du Pape blend is one of only a handful in the appellation that contains increasing amounts of Muscardin, Vaccarese, and Counoise along with 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and some Syrah. The white Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the longest lived of the appellation, and that’s saying something. The Avrils have proven me wrong many times by opening old bottles that I would have believed to be dead, but are still full of life and vivacity. Wine Advocate.October, 2008

Clos de Papes, in the Rhone, is one of the top estates in the region, and in France. Prices and quality of these wines are extremely high. As well as the Clos de Papes red wines, the domaine also produces the Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc, 2007 being considered as their best vintage of recent years.

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