A deep, brooding ’06 that will compete with anything from the vintage, the 2006 Domaine de la Mordorée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de la Reine des Bois delivers an inky, black color to go with aromas of smoked plum, blackberry, black chocolate, licorice, and truffle on the nose. While lacking complexity at the moment and showing primarily dark, dense fruit, this has fantastic intensity and focus, as well as solid purity of fruit. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and beautifully balanced, possessing a thick, rich texture, serious concentration, and a classically styled, long and mineral driven finish.
Delorme’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 Mourvèdre, Vaccarèse, 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. (JD)
For a cuvée that sees a lot of barrique, this is relatively understated on the nose, letting the rich, voluptuous layers of fruit slowly envelop the palate. Black cherry and plum notes are accented by hints of chocolate and baking spice. Although this is approachable now, it should easily last through 2020. *Cellar Selection* (JC)
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. (JR)
Very 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. (JM)
Very dark. Heady and intense and quite intriguing on the nose. Admirably smooth tannins yet with grit of the fruit and an interesting well balanced wine. Sinewy – not at all sweet. Very neat. 17/20
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