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And now Paul Avril...

15 Jun 2009 by Jancis Robinson

Just a few days after the grandaddy of Alsace Jean Hugel breathed his last, so did the grandaddy of the southern Rhône, Paul Avril of Cios des Papes, who died this last weekend, having been ill for some time.

His son Paul-Vincent (see Great news from Clos des Papes filmed last December) has been running this stellar estate since the late 1980s while the late Paul Avril concentrated on his considerable official activities within the INAO.  He was also particularly active in Châteauneuf's Enchansonnerie des Papes, the southern Rhône's confrérie.

A Paul Avril has bottled Clos des Papes in Châteauneuf since the end of the nineteenth century, making this a producer with a most unusual history.  Not to mention, of course, exceptional quality. Indeed the Avrils were the first consuls and treasurers of Châteauneuf-du-Pape - between 1759 and 1790.

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Roy Richards of UK importer Richards Walford adds: 'Apart from his skills in taking the family vineyard forward in quality terms, producing an elegant, but long lived expression of Chateauneuf, Paul was active on the collective front, defending the interests of all Vignerons and the peculiarly French concept of Appellation Controlee, and then later, after his retirement from matters vinous, the interests of French cheese makers whose traditional way of life and work was threatened by an unholy alliance of Brussels and the industrial dairy industry.'
15 Jun 2009 10:30 by Jancis Robinson

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