2006 Domaine du Pegau "Cuvee Laurence" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1079506 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The late-released 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Laurence...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. Readers should keep in mind that this is always a more evolved style because of its elevage.  (10/ 2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 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.  (4/ 2011)

94 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (9/ 2011)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape