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2006 Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape

FRANCE / RHONE / CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
  • 95 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 47229-2006-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($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.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2009
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Bottled May 2008.Tasted at the domaine in Nov 2008 immediately after tasting samples of the super-opulent 2007 so it seemed much less expressive on the nose initially. Rather medicinal notes and very firm in structure with the tannins less ripe than in 2007 but very refreshing with even a hint of bitterness on the finish. Very persistent but also very dry on the finish.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    From the normal tiny yields of this estate (on the order of 22 hectoliters per hectare), the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape from Paul-Vincent has shed its baby fat and now shows a supple, elegant, seamless profile that's hard to resist. Kirsch, licorice, garrigue and sweet spice all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced 2006. It benefits from a short decant, and while showing plenty of maturity, it will evolve gracefully for at least another decade.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    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.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Gilbert
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: David W294
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Mayo
  • Self | Rating: 98

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    Drink Dates: 2020
    Author: Labyrinth
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Very good. Spice on the nose, great fruit, and excellent flavors
    Author: Jeffrey M989
Clos des Papes is indisputably one of the reference points for premium Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Owned by the Avril family, who has been making wine in Chateauneuf-du-Pape since the beginning of the 18th century, this property maintains its distinction of premier status not only because of its exceptional product, but also due to the generosity and graciousness of its owners - Paul (father), Vincent (son) and Madame Avril.

The wine is a majority Grenache with Mourvedre and Syrah, but the Avrils also have some plantings of Muscardin, Counoise and Vaccarese that they do not hesitate to use to enhance the blend. Sourced from 18 separate parcels (one of which was part of the old walled-in papal vineyard, hence the name) it gains its unique character from some sandy soils in the west and southeast and the more limestone/clay earth of the rocky north and northeast. There is no "Reserve," per se, as the Avril sell off in bulk to negociants what they do not feel is worthy to include in their one and only top blend.

See other similar producers:Domaine du Caillou,Domaine de la Janasse

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 3199 bottles owned
  • 468 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 468 collectors)