|Clos des Papes
Avenue Pierre de Luxembourg 13, 84230 Chateauneuf du Pape.
Tel. +33 490 837 013
Direct sale: Monday - Friday 9.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00
Avril (1873-1962) was one of the people behind the creation of the
In 1896 he started to sell his wines with the name Clos des Papes.
delivered wines to two presidents of France
General de Gaulle and Georges Pompidou.
started working at the domain 1963 at first
together with his father and later for many years with his son.
Avril (1965 - ) attended as a young man wine school in Bourgondy
and when he went back to the domain in 1988 he had visions about
finesse and elegance and he still considers these qualities as
most importent for a high class wine.
Today the property covers 32 ha. 3 ha. is with white varieties. 24
different parcels are spread around the town. One parcel is nearby
the pope's castle and has been surrounded by walls (clos). From
here came the name of the domain.
Since 2011 the vineyards are
certified "agriculture biologique"
one cuvée of white (10% of the production) and of red Chateauneuf
du Pape are made.
Since 1991 destalking has been total and since 1987 the total
production has been bottled at the domain.
The secret behind the high quality is a low yield. In vintage
2007, 2008 and 2009 the yield has been 25, 17 and 19 hl/ha. The yield is minimized by green harvest and by repeated sorting of the
grapes during harvest.
Clos des Papes is not a place for experiments.
The aim is constantly to make a wine of very high quality that
meet the expectations from Paul Vincent Avril himself as well from
his costumers around the world.
It's a sign of quality to Avril if the wine is recognizable
through the vintages.
80% of the production counting about 100.000 bottles is
It's not at all a problem for Avril to sell his wines even in
times where the market suffers from crisis.
Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge
65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% others.
Aged in foudres for 12-15 months.
Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Picpoul. No