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2006 Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape 1.5L
2006 Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape
France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape
Red / Rhone Blend
2006 Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape
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Professional Reviews

IWC
95

International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 142

($98) Bright ruby. Highly expressive aromas of raspberry, cherry, lavender, smoked meat and minerals. Racy and sharply focused, with juicy red and dark berry flavors, silky texture and a gentle candied floral quality. Impressively pure and balanced, with outstanding finishing clarity and lingering sweetness. Does this ever really finish? By no means a blockbuster, but delivers very serious palate impact.

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WA
98

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 179

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.

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WS
95

Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth Issue: Web

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.

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Community Reviews

98

G Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 08/08/2014

94

Mayo Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 06/16/2013

Labyrinth Trust Rating: 50 Tasted On: 10/17/2010 Drink Dates: 2020

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94

Jeffrey M989 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 07/28/2010

Very good. Spice on the nose, great fruit, and excellent flavors

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