The late-released 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Laurence, which tips the scales at 15.2% alcohol, is a big, gamy, earthy, complex effort that is far superior to the 2004 Cuvee Laurence. Deep and full-bodied with some amber at the edge of its color as this cuvee spends a much longer time in old barrels, it exhibits abundant amounts of garrigue, figs, cedar, licorice, black currants and black cherries. This fragrant, full-throttle wine should drink well for another 10-15 years. (RP)
Bright ruby. Slightly medicinal aromas of redcurrant, raspberry and garrigue are lifted by a spicy element. Supple, sweet red berry, cherry and floral flavors show very good concentration, and firm acidity gives the wine energy. Lively, mineral-driven floral notes linger on a strikingly long, sappy precise finish. (JR)
Exhibits a gorgeous mix of damson plum, cherry preserves, fig paste and anise flavors, layered with roasted chestnut and mesquite notes, all framed by a mouthwatering cocoa powder edge. Refined, despite its old-school, grippy finish. Well-built for the cellar. Best from 2012 through 2030. (JM)
Perfumed, evolved, and complex, the 2006 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Laurence is a blend of roughly 85% Grenache, with the rest a mix of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise, Cinsault, and Vaccarèse, that undergoes an extended aging of 3-4 years in a combination of small barrels and large foudres. The wine is surprisingly evolved and already open for business, showing a nuanced bouquet of sweet cassis, aged leather, meat, licorice, and garrigue. This leads to a medium to full bodied wine that is all about charm and comfort, showing a round, soft texture, sweet fruit, and an overall approachable, open profile. While this firms up slightly on the finish, and will no doubt evolve and drink well for a decade or longer, I don’t see any reason to hold off on drinking these. No getting around it however, 2006 is not my favorite vintage from this estate, and at the price, this does not represent value.
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