International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93($136) Glass-staining purple. Sexy aromas of red and dark berry preserves, incense and garrigue, with complicating cola and mineral qualities. Round and deeply concentrated, offering lush black raspberry, cherry-cola and candied lavender flavors and gently bracing acidity. The sweet, vibrant berry flavors cling impressively. (Kysela Pere et Fils, Winchester, VA)Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: January/February 2009
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17Bright, healthy crimson. Lots of heat on the nose. And finish! Creditable but just a little earth bound. Stolid with very dry tannins on the finish.Drink Dates: 2012-2022Author: Jancis RobinsonIssue: 05-08-2008
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95Delorme's 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee la Reine des Bois is up with the top eight to ten wines of the vintage. Made from 80% Grenache then smaller amounts of Mourvedre, Vaccarese, Syrah and Counoise-all from the famed la Crau lieu-dit-it reveals an inky ruby color as well as sexy, youthful notes of barbecue smoke, black currants, licorice, toasted spice and graphite. Reminiscent of the estate's terrific 2000 Cuvee de la Reine des Bois, this full-bodied, concentrated and layered beauty has plenty of tannin, terrific purity and a big finish. It will drink nicely for another decade.Drink Dates: 2016-2026Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93Very juicy, but sleek and racy, with a big core of warm, crushed fig and plum fruit layered with mocha, black licorice, Turkish coffee and graphite. The long, dark finish is nicely packed for the vintage. 1,500 cases made.Drink Dates: 2008-2023Author: James Molesworth
Self | Rating: 95This is a fabulous wine - super-intense fragrance of violets, liquorice, caramel, molasses, bacon fat, dates and figs, leading to an irresistibly chewy, dense, opulent, almost oily experience on the palate, and a long, rich, concentrated, expressive finish of blackberries, minerals, buttery pastries and cream. This CdP is complex and powerful, and already drinking beautifully. Further ageing will no doubt increase its complexity and give even greater pleasureDrink Dates: 2010-2035Author: Butler wan
While the is known mostly for single-varietal wines from or , the is known for complex blends. , for example, allows up to 13 different varieties in a blend leaving winemakers ample room to experiment. This variation makes it almost impossible to describe a typical Rhône blend. Regardless of style, the common goal of these winemakers is to manage high tannin and alcohol levels in order to produce a balanced wine.
The most widely planted variety, , dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. and Mourvèdre add color and tannin, with Syrah contributing aromas of blueberry, pepper, and bacon while Mourvèdre adds dense black fruit flavors and gamey and meaty aromas. Cinsault provides red fruit flavor. For the best expression of this complex blend turn to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and classic producers like , , or .
Many New-World wine regions, particularly in and , have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from producers , , and .
The complexity and spice-forward flavor profile of Rhône blends pair best with herb-roasted turkey, pork chops, a range of cheeses, or spiced vegetables.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 211 bottles owned
- 43 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 43 collectors)