Clos Des Papes   Chateauneuf du Pape

2006 Chateauneuf du Pape

By Clos Des Papes

A Connoisseur Study: 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape by Clos Des Papes, Rhone

When one steps into the realm of vintage appreciation, a few labels always stand apart. For enthusiasts and investors alike, the year 2006 holds a special place in our hearts and cellars, particularly when discussing the distinguished 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape from Clos Des Papes.

 

Distinct Vintage, Exceptional Terroir

This vintage presents as an ultimate expression of harmonious interplay between climatic conditions, terrestrial elements, and meticulous viniculture in Rhone. While there is much to be said about Clos Des Papes' emblematic consistency, it's the singular vivacity of the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape that sets its apart.

2006 was a year of teetering contrasts for Rhone; an arid summer punctuated by erratic bursts of rainfall. An unpredictable staging surprisingly resulted in a grand display of nature's finesse; no better example than in our bottle of interest.

 

A Promising Portfolio Addition

The vintage is imbued with a syrah-lead orchestra but layered with heady notes of Mourvèdre's serious spine along with Grenache's characteristic fruit-filled chorus making it an excellent value proposition for investment portfolios. A wine that continues to elicit whispers of reverence and nods of approval even after several years of its high-profile debut.

The weight and complexity found in this impeccable varietal blend illustrate a deft wizardry whose results continue to ruminate on the investor's palate, long after the subtle sediment has been decanted and the experience concluded.

 

A Symphony in a Bottle - the Finale

Ultimately, the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape by Clos Des Papes paints an intricate portrait of a balmy Rhone year. It is delightful still - ripe red fruit nestled amid earthy tones and underling minerality. An investment into this true wine masterpiece won't merely wax your portfolio but add a curtain call to many a memorable moment.

So let's raise our glass and toast to the subtlety of vineyard craft, the transcendence of climatic potential, and to the immersive narrative spun within every crystal decanter of Chateauneuf du Pape from 2006.

Market price (GBP)

£800.00

12x75cl

Highest score

95

POP score

53.33

Scores and tasting notes

95

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.

Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 3 March 2016

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