2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Clos des Papes
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
  • VN 97
  • WS 95
  • WA 95

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VN 97
Vinous, February 2008
Foudre #1 ("the fine one" according to Avril): Bright red. Intense strawberry and raspberry on the nose with subtle garrigue and minerals adding complexity. Silky red fruit flavors show seductive spice and floral pastille... Foudre #1 ("the fine one" according to Avril): Bright red. Intense strawberry and raspberry on the nose with subtle garrigue and minerals adding complexity. Silky red fruit flavors show seductive spice and floral pastille qualities. Finishes with great persistence. Foudre #2 ("the tannic one"): Ruby-red. Bright red fruit aromas with a deep undercurrent of licorice adding seriousness. The palate shows very spicy bitter cherry and dark berry liqueur flavors chewy tannic grip and a long vibrant finish. If this is Avril's idea of tannic in 2006 the final wine should be a supple beauty. Foudre #3 ("the concentrated one" from 80-year-old vines cropped at15 hl/ha): Inky ruby. Rich cherry and cassis aromas with a deep tapenade quality adding complexity. Sappy sweet and packing major dark berry punch this clocks in at 16.5% alcohol but there's no obvious heat. An approximate blend: "I hate doing this but why not" said Avril who doesn't believe that on-the-spot blends are accurate reflections of what winds up in the bottle. But this was his idea not mine! Dark ruby. Powerful kirsch and blackcurrant aromas with exotic licorice and fresh floral character expanding with air. Pliant dark berry and bitter cherry flavors carry through the long sappy finish. A balanced sweet powerhouse from this vantage point with the concentration to age for at least a decade or two.
WS 95
Wine Spectator, November 2008
This has terrific purity with a stunningly pure beam of cassis holding sway over fruitcake melted licorice and incense notes. Shows impressive density for the vintage but this is suave elegant and seamless through the... This has terrific purity with a stunningly pure beam of cassis holding sway over fruitcake melted licorice and incense notes. Shows impressive density for the vintage but this is suave elegant and seamless through the finish with terrific underlying minerality. Best from 2009 through 2030. 7165 cases made.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2015
Surprisingly closed and structured on this occasion (bottles from my cellar are much more ready to go), the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape showed a savory edge in its bouquet garni, pepper, currants and licorice aromas and... Surprisingly closed and structured on this occasion (bottles from my cellar are much more ready to go), the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape showed a savory edge in its bouquet garni, pepper, currants and licorice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, structured and tannic, with impressive mid-palate depth and concentration, give bottles a few years in the cellar; it's certainly a 20+-year wine and a serious success in this under-the-radar vintage. - Jeb Dunnuck
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Vintage 2006