2016 Domaine Durieu "Lucile Avril" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1403309 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Lucile Avril is mostly old vine Grenache mixed with roughly 10% Syrah and Mourvèdre. It's another deeply colored effort from this estate that has classic notes of bouquet garni, sweet red and black fruits, new saddle leather, and assorted spicy nuances. It's deep, concentrated, balanced, and has a great finish, and is a no-brainer purchase that’s going to keep for 15+ years.  (8/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A selection of 90-year-old Grenache (85% of the blend), 60-year-old Mourvèdre (10%) and 5% Syrah, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Lucile Avril boasts a bit more concentration and richness than the traditional bottling. It shows great old-vine Grenache stone fruit notes, plus hints of clove, pepper and licorice on the finish. Full-bodied and velvety in texture, it's approachable now but should age for 10+ years. (JC)  (8/2018)

91-93 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby-red. Intensely perfumed red berry and lavender aromas are complicated by suggestions of incense and woodsmoke. Powerful, expansive raspberry compote and spicecake flavors show very good depth and clarity and pick up a smoky nuance as the wine opens up. Finishes sweet, subtly tannic and impressively long, leaving behind suave red fruit liqueur and peppery spice notes. (JR)  (7/2018)

K&L Notes

Two estates became one in the 1970s when the Avril and Durieu families were married together. The Chateauneuf holdings belonged to the Avril side and many of the vines date back before the first world war. This cuvee is primarily Grenache with a small amount of Syrah and Mourvedre rounding out the blend. The vines are on the famous galets soils (the big pudding stones) that make the region so famous. Grapes are all manually harvested with no destemming. The Grenache and Mourvedre are aged in concrete tanks and the Syrah sees new oak for 12 months. The blend is a seamless expression of classic Chateauneuf flavors laced with gorgeous structure.

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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/20/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is deep, brooding and layered with asphalt, rosemary and wild berries. On the palate the wine has an extra layer of fruit richness, but it is framed by focused tannins. The finish softens the tannins and extends them down the tongue where it seems to go on for some time. Drinkable now with a little aeration and a hearty bowl of cassoulet! Or drop some in the cellar for another 5-7 years.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2019 | Send Email
I love the story of Durieu - two generations back, two families (one from the Plan de Dieu area and one from Chateauneuf-du-Pape) came together through marriage and combined their properties. The estate as it looks now was merged in the early 1970s by Paul Durieu, son of Henri and Lucile. Now under the third generation, Vincent Durieu oversees production while his younger brother Francois handles marketing and sales. The wines caught our attention a couple of years ago when we bought some through a small broker. We fell in love and when the opportunity to work directly with the property became available, we jumped at the chance. Making top notch Plan de Dieu and Chateauneuf is what they do. The Lucile Avril bottling is named for the matriarch of the family which had the Chateauneuf holdings. It is the special cuvee that is the exemplar for this emerging estate. The wine is redolent of blackberry, tar, spices and lavender. It is a spectacular wine that has the old-school structure of a time seemingly in the past but with the sumptuous bold fruit for which the region has become synonymous. This has a long life ahead of it and the 2016 vintage is one of the best of many great recent vintages. This should age beautifully for a decade plus, but it is gorgeous wine now served alongside some hearty fare right now.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2019 | Send Email
This is the kind of textbook CdP that I can get behind. I love old-vine Grenache and the 90-year old vines used for the Lucile Avril cuvee deliver a full complement of complexity and depth. The Grenache is assisted by a splash of Syrah and Mourvedre which rounds it out with a touch of blue fruits. Fields of succulent strawberries flow from the glass with a waft of licorice and herbs. The wine has a properly firm structure but the wine remains somewhat accessible in its youth (provided you decant). Drink or hold for the next decade.

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 15