Online-Only Auction, 16 - 23 August 2021

Sold for

R 8 794
Lot 564
  • Paul Avril Clos des Papes; Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc; 2009; 3 (1 x 3); 750ml

Lot Estimate
R 3 500 - 4 500
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 8 794
Location
Wine Storage

About this Item

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, 2009
3 (1 x 3) 750ml
One of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s key historical properties, Clos des Papes is a 40-hectare, organically-farmed domaine. Back in 1896, it was the very first Rhône producer to bottle and sell its own wines under its own label. Of the 40 hectares, 3 are planted to white varieties with 30 different parcels spread around the village. One of the parcels is planted near the Pope’s castle, surrounded by a wall, or ‘clos’, which inspired the name of the domaine. Current custodian, Paul-Vincent Avril is a passionate man who seeks balance, elegance and depth in his wines. At 16, Paul-Vincent left his family domaine to study around the world and complete internships, including a stint at Château Mouton-Rothschild, before returning home and taking over the reins.

Critics Ratings

‘The only way to convince consumers (and I count myself among this group) that white Châteauneufs can age is to pull out examples such as this. Clos des Papes's 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is the greatest aged white CdP I've ever tried. There are some oily, terpene-like characters but also ripe, slightly honeyed pineapple notes in this round, medium to full-bodied wine that retains a great sense of freshness—even grapefruity citrus on the long, long finish.’- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 96/100 (Aug 2019)

‘Deep and invitingly perfumed. Really nutty and oddly fresh in its grainy texture and ripe pear flavours. Long and savoury and distinctively Rhône. Power and length over elegance and a touch of heat on the finish but a terrific example of southern Rhône white.’ - Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17/20 (Dec 2017)

Provenance

Private Client


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