N.V. Clos des Papes Jean Avril Le Petit Vin d'Avril Vin de Table

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$18.95

SUPERB RHONE BARGAIN FROM THE GREAT CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE PRODUCER CLOS DU PAPE! BUY THIS NOW!!

"The red NV Le Petit Vin d’Avril is even better. A kitchen sink blend of Grenache, Syrah, Marsalan, Merlot and Carignan that comes from vines located near the Rhone River, it’s a brilliant bistro-styled wine that dishes out tons of pleasure. Aged one-third in barrel, with tobacco, chocolate, mineral, pepper and licorice, this medium-bodied wine has solid richness and depth, as well as a chewy finish. Buy it by the case and enjoy it over the coming 4-5 years. Drink now-2019.

One of the benchmark estates, Clos des Papes covers close to 90 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape and is run by the incredibly talented Paul-Vincent Avril. Favoring a single cuvee, his Chateauneuf du Pape is always a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre 10% Syrah and the rest a mix of Vaccarese, Counoise and Muscardin. No new oak is used in the winery and all new barrels and foudre see three vintages of his non-vintage Le Petit Vin d’Avril before being used for his grand vin. Starting out, the two non-vintage Le Petit Vin d’Avril are both beautifully made (the vines are farmed just like Paul-Vincent Chateauneuf du Pape terroirs and the yields are miniscule) and well worth checking out." (WA)

THE $18.95, CHATEAUNEUF DU-PAPE BASED RED RHONE-A WINNER!!! N.V. LE PETIT VIN D’AVRIL, VINIFIED/BTLD PAUL AVRIL

A truly unique medium to full-bodied non-vintage red Rhone that is truly beguiling and well worth its usual cost of circa $24, let alone its discount price of only $18.95!

The wine comes from one of Chateauneuf-du-Papes very top producers, Paul Avril owner of the noted Clos du Pape estate and is sourced from the juice from this Clos du Pape property that does not make the final cut or reach the high pinnacle of the $150 priced release.

This mostly Grenache and Syrah based wine has an intense rich purple color accompanied by aromas and tastes of currants, wild berries, fresh herbs and noticeable hints of almonds, cloves and Asian spices like star anise.

With its smooth on the taste buds fine structure the wine is now most pleasant and it should continue to offer enjoyable drinking for another five years.

RATING: 92/93

PRICE: $18.95. *** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

Winery Notes:
This is the declassified CDP from two or three vintages at a time on the blend and this wine most surely has some 2015.

I believe the wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and a total of 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot combined.