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Clos des Papes, Paul Avril, Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2013


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The Wine

A classic name in a classic wine region. There has been an Avril in Chateauneuf du Pape since the late 18th Century. Known for absolute quality, a wonderful style and a commitment to the flavours of this traditional region, this is a wine that always impresses. 

This is a wine without fault and full of beautiful, surprisingly delicate flavours, although of course it has immense power running through it. It is a young wine, very dark in colour, with a nose of raspberries, chocolate and violets. 

The Region

Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the most famous regions in wine today. This is well deserved. It produces consistently wonderful wines of great purity and hedonistic joy. 

With over 8,000 acres under vine it is the largest appellation in the Rhone valley and the only part of the Southern Rhone which can really match both Cote Rotie and Hermitage, which are in the Northern Rhone.  

The wines are mainly (94%) red and are largely full-bodied with a rich texture and spicy character. They can also have a beautiful garrigue aroma (a French term relating to the smell of dry herbs as they are crunched under foot) and a real sense of place. There are 18 varieties of grape that are permitted in a CdP blend: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsaut are the most important. But this really is the land of great Grenache, which needs heat to ripen fully, as does Mourvedre. Syrah, on the other hand is truly more at home in the cooler Northern Rhone, and care must be taken to not let it over-ripen.

Food Pairing

Pair with red meat, game meat or any rich, brooding dishes. 

CdP is a versatile wine and can really accommodate most foods!

Critic Review

Vinous gives this 95/100:

Brilliant ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe red berries, incense, garrigue and smoky minerals convey a sexy Asian spice nuance in the background. Supple, seamless and alluringly sweet, offering intense black raspberry and floral pastille flavors that stain the palate. Smooth, seamless and concentrated but energetic as well, with velvety, slow-building tannins giving shape to a very long, spice- and mineral-accented finish.


As a young wine this will need some air to fully open up. Decanting for 2+ hours, and ideally 4-6 would be advisable. Keep in a relatively cool and dark place in the decanter. 

Where an item is not in stock we will give you recommendations as to other suitable wines or let you know how long it will take to receive the items into stock. Please chat with us if you want to ask any questions!

Delivery Charges

Delivery costs £12.50 on orders under £60, and £9.95 on orders between £60-£100.

Orders over £100 are delivered FREE of charge!

How We Deliver

We aim to deliver all orders within 2-3 business days, for items in stock. If you are in London and order before 11am you will normally get next day delivery. Outside of London, order before 11am to get 2 day delivery.

Within London we use specialist wine delivery vans. The drivers have all been trained specially in the safe delivery of wine.

Outside of London we use couriers. In order to ensure safe delivery of your wine all of the deliveries are packed in inflatable wine pouches, ensuring their safety.

If you have any problems with your delivery - such as a broken bottle - please take a picture and send it to us the same day so we can deal with this. This is a rare occurrence, but if it were to happen we would replace the bottle as soon as possible.

If you want us to leave your wine somewhere safe please leave a note in the shipping instructions section of your order.

Where We Deliver To

We deliver to all areas of England and Wales.

We deliver to Scotland at our normal rate, except for the Highlands where we may contact you regarding an extra delivery fee before processing the order - this is likely to be around £35.

We can deliver to the Isle of Man, Channel Islands or to Northern or Southern Ireland or Scottish Islands, however this will be charged at a higher rate. Please contact us at hookandford@gmail.com to find out more.

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