Clos des Papes was founded by Paul Avril, who was one of the key people contributing to the official birth of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation in 1936. The domaine takes its name from one of its plots located near the ruins of the 14th Century Papal castle. Clos des Papes quickly gained prestige after Avril began selling his wines, and his son, Regis Avril, then serving their wines to both General de Gaulle and Georges Pompidou. Clos des Papes is truly a family affair, as Regis’ son – another Paul Avril – started work at the domaine in 1963 and was later joined by his own son, Paul-Vincent Avril, in 1988. Paul-Vincent remains at the heart of the domaine today. Staying true to the traditions of this 125 year old estate Paul-Vincent produces wines that show amazingly consistent quality, no matter the vintage, and with around 7,000 cases produced per year Clos des Papes cuvées remain some of the most sought after wines not just in the Rhone but around the world. It is little surprise that Paul-Vincent has been described as “one of the most talented and passionate winemakers in Châteauneuf-du-Pape” (Jeb Dunnuck).

Clos des Papes covers 32 hectares, divided into 24 different parcels across the appellation. The domaine only makes two cuvees: the Clos des Papes rouge and the Clos des Papes blanc. Whilst the majority of the parcels are planted with Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah, 3 hectares are dedicated to white grape varieties (Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Picpoul). Since 2011, the domaine has been certified as organic with green harvests and strict berry selection ensuring low yields of around 20 hl/ha. In addition to the range of soil types including areas of sand, limestone and gravel, the domaine’s hands-off approach in the cellar helps to intensify the extraordinary expression of terroir in each bottle. The grapes are destemmed prior to vinification which takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The wines are fined and not filtered and aged in old foudres before bottling.

Available Wines

2022 Clos des Papes, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Blanc 6x75cl

£300/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Aug 2024

2022 Clos des Papes, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rouge 6x75cl

£366/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Aug 2024