Note: The white wine here sees no oak and does not undergo malolactic fermentation.
2005 Clos des Papes white – stony, bright, very fresh, with lots of mineral. Seems clean cut, but it’s really deep and long on the finish. 94 points (consistent with my official review).
2004 Clos des Papes white – Slightly plumper than the ’05, with a hint of anise, but still very floral and minerally on the finish. Lovely mouthfeel. Showing a little better than when I tasted it officially. 91 points.
2003 Clos des Papes white – really ripe, shows the heat of the vintage (but not acidified, stresses Vincent Avril), with citrus and peach flavors followed by melon and pineapple preserve. Long, creamy finish. 93 points.
2001 Clos des Papes white – Gorgeous acacia, lime and star fruit aromas and flavors. Very open and expressive. Long, creamy finish has a great stony persistence. A real eye-opener. 94 points.
2000 Clos des Papes white – fat and forward, with lime and melon, hint of nectarine, cherry pit. Soft, but pretty finish. 91 points.
1998 Clos des Papes white – mature, with notes of kiwi, lychee, lime and honey. Creamy and long – very Meursault-like, with acacia flower and stony notes adding definition to the finish.
1996 Clos des Papes white – Starting to smell like a mature Riesling, with dried pineapple, acacia, petrol, lemon zest and mineral notes all buried in a fat, creamy texture. Long finish. 92 points.
1993 Clos des Papes white – This keeps the freshness with its minerality, but starts to show more persimmon, chamomile, lemon verbena and sweetened butter notes. Plenty vibrant on the finish. 93 points.
1990 Clos des Papes white – this cuvée was the only one that ever saw any wood, as Vincent Avril made one barrel to see its effect, but never released it commercially. Lots of petrol, butter, melon, pineapple and kiwi, with a buttery feel to the finish. Shows good acidity and range, but is very old Riesling-like. 89 points. I much prefer the non-oaked version.
1990 Clos des Papes white – this is the normal vinification version, which was commercially released. Much fresher and livelier, with acacia, orange blossom, quince, cherry pit, lemon verbena and mineral notes. Long finish just caresses the palate effortlessly, and sails on with fruit and mineral notes. 95 points.
1986 Clos des Papes white – Lots of persimmon, honey, quince, bergamot and fig aromas and flavors, with green apple and pineapple chutney notes chiming in too. Great, stony, long finish. Still holding on great. Wow. 95 points.