Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2006

$109

The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the two or three candidates for the wine of the vintage. An extraordinarily great wine, the 2006 is far superior to the 2005, which was amazing, and while made in a different style, is as great as the 2003, and such legends as 1990 and 1978. Fashioned from a minuscule 21 hectoliters per hectare, and tipping the scales at 15.2% natural alcohol, the 2006 boasts a dense ruby/purple color to the rim, in addition to an extraordinary bouquet of melted licorice, spring flowers, raspberries, black currants, spice box, and earth. In the mouth, it is utterly profound - full-bodied and multidimensional with astonishing purity, length, equilibrium, and intensity. This is a superb vintage for the Avrils, and Vincent deserves huge accolades for producing a wine of such incredible intensity and complexity. Think of Clos des Papes as a Chateauneuf du Pape with the complexity of a top-notch grand cru Burgundy from the Cote de Nuits. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Bob McDonald Delectable Pro

Dark Ruby in colour. Very gamey with barnyard notes but no Brett no bandaid. On the palate raspberry notes - sweetish. Medium plus intensity with medium minus very fine savoury tannins. Love these aged CdPs but sometimes earlier consumption gives more fruit and less smelly savouriness. It boils down to individual choice. I have some 2007 CdPs (a good vintage) which I will have a closer look at in Autumn and Winter. One of the 1001 Wines.

Dark Ruby in colour. Very gamey with barnyard notes but no Brett no bandaid. On the palate raspberry notes - sweetish. Medium plus intensity with medium minus very fine savoury tannins. Love these aged CdPs but sometimes earlier consumption gives more fruit and less smelly savouriness. It boils down to individual choice. I have some 2007 CdPs (a good vintage) which I will have a closer look at in Autumn and Winter. One of the 1001 Wines.

9.4

Alex Jones Delectable Pro

Marketing/Development Kunni/Westerly Wines

Hot at first but Asian plum and Korean bbq sauce shows later along with wild cherry/dark fruit. It’s massive and may not hold but really enjoyable now.

Hot at first but Asian plum and Korean bbq sauce shows later along with wild cherry/dark fruit. It’s massive and may not hold but really enjoyable now.

9.0

Cameron Hobel Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Hobel Wine Works

Hands down my favorite Clos Des Papes in the 00's.... And there a lot of good ones in this decade.

Hands down my favorite Clos Des Papes in the 00's.... And there a lot of good ones in this decade.

9.5

James Parker Huston, CWE Delectable Pro

Sommelier Charlie Palmer

Here's to the breeze that blows through the trees!

Here's to the breeze that blows through the trees!

9.7

Alex Lallos Delectable Pro

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

Drinking phenomenally well. Hoisin sauce, asian plum, cassis, espresso, and cherry. Gamey and meaty as well. Beautiful stuff. Great with braised short ribs

Drinking phenomenally well. Hoisin sauce, asian plum, cassis, espresso, and cherry. Gamey and meaty as well. Beautiful stuff. Great with braised short ribs

9.2

Bradley Brown Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Big Basin Vineyards

Beautiful purity and spice, opulent with no heat

Beautiful purity and spice, opulent with no heat

9.3

Daoud Sangwa Delectable Pro

Sommelier Whole Foods Market

Red CHT9

Red CHT9

9.5

Bethany D'Meza Delectable Pro

Felt a bit shut down ... Still in the decanter.

Felt a bit shut down ... Still in the decanter.

8.9

Yoon Ha Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

Closed on the nose but more open on the palate. Clean with no blazing saddles here. And no overt raisination nor volatility despite the warmth of 2006.

Closed on the nose but more open on the palate. Clean with no blazing saddles here. And no overt raisination nor volatility despite the warmth of 2006.

9.0

Greg Harrington Delectable Pro

2006

2006

9.8

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