Clos des Papes is one of the great established names of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and in recent years has produced a succession of remarkable wines made by Paul-Vincent Avril. Vincent Avril is known for making some of the most enduring wines of Southern Rhone. His secret lies in his wealth of experience and sound winemaking philosophy. The blend, though this will vary annually depending on conditions, is predominantly Grenache with the remaining being made up of Mourvèdre, Syrah and a tiny amount of Counoise. To find the true character of these wonderful wines which age so well, one has to search out the dedicated growers such as the Avrils.