Charlemagne Wine Club - 2010 Tastings

Monday 18th January 2010
Clos des Papers vertical tastings presented by Paul Mapplebeck

Clos des Papes Clos des Papes is indisputably one of the reference points for premium Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Clos des Papes 2005 was proclaimed by Wine Spectator magazine as the best wine in the world, quickly followed by the 2004 vintage. The current winemaker, Vincent Avril, took over from his father Paul Avril in 1987, though Vincent’s great-grandfather was bottling wine with the mark Clos des Papes back in 1896. The property has today 32 hectares in 24 different parcels spread around the town. A parcel is near to the pope's castle and has been surrounded by walls (clos) - from here came the name of the domain.

Only one cuvée of red and white Chateauneuf du Pape are made, Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge (65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% others including Muscardin, Counoise and Vaccarese) and Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc (Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Picpoul). There is also a Vin de Table "Petit Vin d´Avril" from declassified Chateauneuf du Pape. The wine is a testament to the virtues of traditional vineyard management and winery techniques. Instead of depending upon new barriques, they use large foudres to maintain the integrity that the terroir has imparted to the grapes.

To celebrate this exceptional producer (with equally exceptional prices), Paul Mapplebeck will be leading a vertical tasting of Clos des Papes back to the legendary vintages of the 1990s.