2006 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Surprisingly closed and structured on this occasion (bottles from my cellar are much more ready to go), the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape showed a savory edge in its bouquet garni, pepper, currants and licorice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, structured and tannic, with impressive mid-palate depth and concentration, give bottles a few years in the cellar; it's certainly a 20+-year wine and a serious success in this under-the-radar vintage. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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. (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.