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While the Avril family has an extensive history in Chateauneuf du Pape, the wines of Domaine Juliette Avril are fairly recent. In fact, the Avril family was involved in the creation of the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation and its AOC laws and regulation.
Domaine Juliette Avril was founded in 1927. But it took 10 years before wines were bottled and produced by the estate.
Domaine Juliette Avril Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine Juliette Avril has 20 hectares of vines in Chateauneuf du Pape. 18 hectares are used for growing red wine grapes. 2 hectares are reserved for white Chateauneuf du Pape varieties.
Like most estates in the Southern Rhone, the vines of Domaine Juliette Avril are spread over the appellation in three different lieux-dits. They have terroirs of rocks, sand, loam and limestone soils.
Domaine Juliette Avril produces three Chateauneuf du Pape wines. They make 2 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and one Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc.
Domaine Juliette Avril Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. However, that blend can vary. The terroir is galets, sand and clay soils. The vines are planted in various parts of the appellation as you can see, as these grapes are planted in the le Bas Serres, Coste Froide, Coteau de l’Ange, Farguerol and les Galimardes lieux-dits.
On average the vines are 50 years of age. The grapes are destemmed. Vinification takes place in stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in used oak tanks. The wine is aged in used tanks foudres for less than 12 months before bottling. The production is on average close to 850 cases per year.
Domaine Juliette Avril Cuvee Maxence made its debut in 2006. The wine is produced from 100% old vine Grenache. The vines are at least more than 50 years of age. The wine is aged in demi muids for 12 months prior to bottling. Only 100 cases are produced of this wine.
Domaine Juliette Avril Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc made its debut in 1992. The wine is produced from 45% Grenache Blanc, 15% Roussanne, 15% Clairette and 15% Bourboulenc. On average, 400 cases are produced each year.
When to Drink Domaine Juliette Avril, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Domaine Juliette Avril can be enjoyed on the young side. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for about 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Domaine Juliette Avril is usually better with 1-3 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 2-8 years after the vintage.
Serving Domaine Juliette Avril with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Domaine Juliette Avril is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Domaine Juliette Avril is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, barbecue, sausage and cassoulet. Domaine Juliette Avril is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, pasta, eggplant, cheese and tomatoes.
The white wine of Domaine Juliette Avril is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Domaine Juliette Avril also owns 10 hectares of vines in the Cotes du Rhone and Cotes du Ventoux appellations.
Domaine Juliette Avril Wine Tasting Notes
12 Vintages 23,551 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2016||Domaine Juliette Avril Cuvée Maxence (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Soft textured, elegant, refined, silky, fresh styled wine, with a sweetness of fruit and depth of flavor that should drink well on release. 92 Points
1,445 Views Tasted Sep 6, 2018
|2016||Domaine Juliette Avril (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, forward, easy drinking, kirsch dominated charmer with good fruit, texture and character for early drinking. 90 Points
2,790 Views Tasted Sep 6, 2018
|2015||Domaine Juliette Avril Cuvée Maxence (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Ripe, dark red fruits, pepper, herbs and spicy notes prevail in the perfume. Medium bodied, polished soft and forward, the fruits are sweet, ripe and peppery, with loads of cherry essence that kicks off and stays with you through the finish. 90 Points
1,524 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Domaine Juliette Avril (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, soft textured and forward, the wine delivers sweet, red fruits and a touch of garrigue quite easily. This is already delicious to taste. 88 Points
2,888 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2014||Domaine Juliette Avril Cuvée Maxence (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Fresh, silky, and packed with ripe kirsch and spicy black raspberries, the wine is forward, medium bodied, polished and clean. 89 Points
1,403 Views Tasted Jun 24, 2016
|2014||Domaine Juliette Avril (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, finesse styled, forward, easy drinking wine with polished, sweet fruits and a kirsch end notes that is perfect for early drinking pleasure. 87 Points
1,911 Views Tasted Jun 23, 2016
|2013||Domaine Juliette Avril Cuvée Maxence (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, peppery, red fruits and soft textures with freshness are the hallmarks of this wine. The wine is made from 100% Grenache. 88 Points
1,340 Views Tasted Sep 7, 2015
|2013||Domaine Juliette Avril (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Garrigue and cherry, with sweet plummy accents lead to a medium bodied, finesse styled wine. The wine was produced from a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. 87 Points
2,516 Views Tasted Sep 7, 2015
|2012||Domaine Juliette Avril Cuvée Maxence (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied and all about its sweet, fresh, kirsch quality and silky textures in the forward finish. Produced from 100% Grenache. 90 Points
1,183 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2014
|2012||Domaine Juliette Avril (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
This is a medium bodied, simple, fresh red berry charmer that will be best in its youth. 87 Points
2,215 Views Tasted Sep 10, 2014
|2010||Domaine Juliette Avril (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Forward, easy drinking, medium bodied quaffer on the soft, red berry side of the style range with a lean to strawberry and raspberry in the lead. This is best enjoyed on the young side. 85 Points
2,339 Views Tasted Aug 4, 2015
|2009||Domaine Juliette Avril (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Easy drinking, medium bodied, fresh wine with an earthy, strawberry and kirsch personality. 87 Points
1,997 Views Tasted Feb 20, 2015