Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2006

Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2006
$89.96

SKU C0WG056

750ml

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Clos des Papes is one of the few estates to use all permitted varieties for both red and white Chateauneuf. They are well‐known for producing one of the most authentic and long‐lived examples of the appellation having started estate bottling in 1896.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Brand Clos des Papes
Alcohol/vol 15.2%
  • wa98

Wine AdvocateThe 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, October 2008
  • ws95

Wine SpectatorThis 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.

James Molesworth, November 15, 2008