The 2006 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape has shed a fair bit of the baby fat and concentration that it possessed on release, showing a much more classic expression than the behemoth it was. Beautiful spice, kirsch, licorice, and garrigue are framed by serious underling minerality and charred earth on the nose. This is followed by a full bodied, well-structured wine that fleshes out with air, showing perfect ripeness and nothing out of place. While superb, especially with air, this still needs another 3-5 years for prime time drinking.
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. (JD)
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? (JR)
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. Best from 2009 through 2030. (JM)
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