It's always a joy to taste at this estate, as Vincent almost forces you to taste older vintages. The 2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was singing and is a gem in this often overlooked and underrated vintage. Currants, black cherries, garrigue, Asian spices and licorice notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, impeccably balanced (the hallmark of this vintage) Châteauneuf-du-Pape that has sweet tannin, loads of fruit, and a classic, character-filled personality.
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? By no means a blockbuster, but delivers very serious palate impact. (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. *Collectibles* (JM)
Another great year – as good as 2005 and 2007 for Avril. Deep crimson. Some gaminess on the nose and absolutely delicious now. Great roundness and energy. Great complete wine already drinking beautifully. Spice and lift and masses of fruit. Polished and gorgeous now. 18.5/20 points. (JR)
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