Audeant, a latin term describing the feeling “to want very much,” is expressed by the winery’s motto: may they dare, may they venture, may they risk. It is a bold sentiment, born from a deep love of wine and the ambition to make it a legacy.
A young winery, its inaugural vintage was 2016. The winery’s owner, Teal Walker, has a background in tech and business. She and her husband Dan had been collecting wine for many years, and loosely dreamed of being involved further in the industry somehow. They met Andrew Riechers while visiting Antica Terra in 2015, who was then the assistant winemaker under Maggie Harrison. A shared love of the culture of wine and the region of Oregon bonded their vision, and Audeant’s first vintage followed the next year.
Robert Parker listed Clos des Papes as one of the Top 155 Producers in the World.
Andrew’s winemaking experience has always been focused on Burgundian varietals. Prior to his five years at Antica Terra, he worked in Santa Barbara, Central Otago, and Burgundy itself. He produced just 400 cases in the first vintage at Audeant, highlighting the Jory soils of the Dundee Hills. Today, the winery produces approximately 1500 cases of Chardonnay, Rosé, and Pinot Noir, demonstrating an ageability from both estate as well as vineyard designated fruit. The wines from Nysa and Luminous vineyards showcase Andrew’s low intervention winemaking style, the benefits of marine influence and Dundee Hill’s unique microclimate and soils.
With its fast growing reputation producing long-lived pinot noirs, we are delighted to share the below wines with you.
"It boasts a cool, fresh nose of strawberries, cola and tree bark, yet it's full-bodied and tannic on the palate."
WA96 by Joe Czerwinski
2017 Clos des Papes • Chateauneuf du Pape
He blends grapes from his different plots to co-ferment in large vats, after which he then re-blends in to large 20-55 hectoliter wooden foudres (casks) to mature for 15 months. New or small barrels are never used, “I like the oak to make an indirect impact – I only want tannins from the grape skins not even the pips and certainly not the stalks” says Avril. And though it may not be widely known, this domaine has been buying corks from the same producer in Portugal ever since 1926!
The wines are no doubt enticing, garnering great praise from many publications and critics such as Wine Spectator who awarded their 2005 vintage as “Wine of the Year”, stating that “in the Southern Rhône's recent trio of great vintages starting with 2003, no other Châteauneuf-du-Pape domaine has produced better wines than Clos des Papes”. But the accolades don’t stop there, as Robert Parker followed on to pronounce the 2007 vintage “the greatest Chateauneuf du Pape made since 1978 and 1990”.
We at Ginsberg+Chan are extremely proud to be the exclusive distributors of Clos des Papes, and with good volumes of both red and white back vintages too, we can ensure you a wide range of drinking windows for your cellar.
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