2006 La Bastide Saint Dominique "Secrets de Pignan Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1040021 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The gorgeously opulent, juicy 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Secrets de Pignan Vieilles Vignes has a dark ruby color which is followed by a sweet nose of black raspberries, black cherries, lavender, truffles, damp earth, and new saddle leather. Full-bodied and rich, with excellent freshness, length, and concentration, it is already approachable given the velvety nature of its tannins, and should age easily for 12-15+ years. (RP)  (10/2008)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and juicy, with nice vivid plum and blackberry fruit pushed by dark licorice, fruitcake and sweet earth notes. The long finish has sold grip. Drink now through 2020. (JM)  (11/2008)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape