2006 Clos Saint-Jean "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes’ dark opaque color is accompanied by a gorgeous nose of incense, licorice, spice box, creme de cassis, cherries, and smoked meats. Notions of soy and fig are also apparent in this full-bodied, concentrated, sexy wine. Enjoy it over the next 12-15+ years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(these Grenache vines are in La Crau) Seductive aromas of red berries, cherry and blackcurrant. A smoky note comes up on the palate, adding complexity to the sweet raspberry and cherry flavors. Finishes with impressive tangy clarity and persistence. There are around 13,000 bottles of this, compared to up to 100,000 of the normal Chateauneuf. (JR)
Rich and forward, with lots of enticing fig sauce, melted licorice and boysenberry fruit notes. Sweet spice and shiso leaf notes linger on the lengthy, rounded finish. Drink now through 2022.