2014 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
Deep ruby. Highly perfumed scents of candied dark berries, cola and lavender oil develop a suave, smoky Indian spice nuance. Fleshy, expansive red and dark berry and floral pastille flavors display an impressive blend of richness and energy, picking up a mineral flourish with air. Finishes juicy, sweet and very long, displaying lingering, spice-tinged dark fruit flavors and slow-building tannins. (JR)
Wine & Spirits
Paul-Vincent Avril makes just one white and one red from his 80 acres in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. His parcels are scattered throughout the region, on both sand and clay, all farmed organically, the oldest vines in their eighties. The fruit for this red is fully destemmed, the parcels blended together and vinified without any new oak, coming together in a 2014 that’s exceptionally vivid. You might imagine that you can taste the cool nights at the northern end of the appellation in the briskness of the acidity and crisp tang of the red-berried fruit; you might also perceive the warmth in other quarters, as well as Avril’s love for Mourvèdre, in the bass notes of earth and spice. Or you may just want to let the wine wash over you in all its intoxicating scent and silky texture, and breathe in its energy.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to taste Vincent’s 2015 from foudre, but his 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape is certainly one of the wines of the vintage. And while it possesses terrific notes of peppery herbs, Provençal spice, kirsch and darker berry fruits, it’s on the palate where this beauty shines! Medium to full-bodied, incredibly balanced, seamless and pure, with beautiful fruit, it has present tannin, terrific mid-palate depth and a great finish. It won’t be the longest lived wine from the estate, but it’s beautiful and will certainly drink well for a decade. As I commented in my recent retrospective article, Clos des Pape is one of the reference point estates for traditional, age-worthy Châteauneuf du Pape.(JD)
Sumptuous aroma: rich in fruit but with a fine peppery nose that is almost more northern than southern Rhône. On the palate too I would have thought this was majority Syrah. Super-refined texture and lovely freshness. Brilliant wine with a long future but, amazingly, delicious now in an embryonic sort of way. (JH)