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Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2020 En Primeur Offer

Vintage overview and tasting comments – from Paul Vincent Avril


“I can tell you 2020 is, I think, a great year that will stand the test of time. A very balanced, fine vintage with great freshness, silky tannins and good length in the mouth. Everything was climatically united, both for the red and the white. 2020 currently reminds me of 2005 and 2007.”

On August 1st, we suffered a heatwave, over 41.5°C and still no rain. The water stress was felt a little in the south but the vine is a formidable plant which resists well. A big thunderstorm at the end of the day made us lose 21°C in 1 hour but brought a welcome 25mm of rain, fortunately without hail, and freshness. Then the Mistral rose at more than 90km/hr and dried the vegetation, protecting the vines from disease. In mid-August, we were at 80% véraison and it ended on August 25th. The phenolic maturity evolved slowly but surely, and the harvest was superb.

We started the harvest on September 1st for the whites but waited until September 7th to cut the first red grapes from the vines. From May 1st to the end of August, it had rained only 70mm. On August 29th, 20 mm more rain perfected the phenolic maturity (skins, seeds, anthocyanins) of the grapes. The harvest took place in very good conditions; very little sorting was required because the fruit was so healthy and the maturity was there. Fermentations evolved slowly but surely. There was a very good balance in the wines and all the grape varieties gave good quality. We finished the harvest on September 29th.

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