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CLOS DES PAPES

LVT 2016 r 2016 wh Gold standard estate, joy to taste only one red, one white, so good blending is crucial. The yields are always very low – not much more than 20 hl/ha, which serves to concentrate the red wine, and there is an above average emphasis on the Mourvèdre, all planted in clay soils. The blend is now usually 55% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 5% various including white grapes, having been 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 5% various including white grapes into the early 2010s. The 2014 red was utterly charming, a real en finesse ****(*) beauty, while the 2015 is logically a bolder, more demanding ***** wine, requiring patience. The ***** 2016 red is deep and long, a vintage that will age extremely well. The whites drink well in their first couple of years, then back off, close down, and emerge as more complex, stimulating wines around seven years' old; they live well and deserve a top table accompaniment.

Vincent Avril 13 avenue Pierre de Luxembourg BP 8 84230 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Tel: +33(0)490 83 70 13

http://www.clos-des-papes.fr

clos-des-papes@clos-des-papes.fr

Countries exported to:1) GB 2) Switzerland 3) USA 4) Belgium, Germany 35 countries

Percentage Exported: 80%

British Importers: Berry Brothers www.bbr.com, Morris Field & Verdin London

USA Importers: Wines of France Inc, Alain & John Junguenet, PO Box 1003, Mountainside, NJ 07092, +1 908 654 6173, junguenet@aol.com Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset NY 11791 +1516 677 9300 www.skurnikwines.com info@skurnikwines.com