Lucile Avril 2018 | Domaine Durieu
From 6 hectares of Plateau de Farguerol. 85% Garnacha 90 years old, 10% Monastrell 60 years old and 5% Syrah. Manual harvest without destemming.
Vinification of grape varieties separately. Pumping 2 times a day. Aging in concrete tanks for 18 months. Syrahs in new barrels for 12 months. Bottling without clarification and slight filtration at bottling.
Scents of bay leaf and clove accent red raspberries and Bing cherries on the nose of the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Lucile Avril, a cuvée dominated by old-vine Grenache. Medium to full-bodied, gorgeously silky and fine, with ample complexity, this delivers the goods, finishing in a gentle wash of soft tannins and hints of dark chocolate and licorice. It should drink well for up to a decade, perhaps even a bit longer.