2006 Domaine Giraud "Gallimardes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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94 points Wine Spectator "Very dense for the vintage, with dark plum, currant and boysenberry fruit held together by a core of pure cassis. Black tea, graphite, fruitcake and bittersweet ganache notes chime in on the long, grip-filled finish. Best from 2009 through 2028. 665 cases made. (November 15, 2008) 91 points Stephen Tanzer IWC "Deep ruby. Spicy raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by mocha, lavender and pungent herbs. Pliant red fruit flavors are deepened by candied licorice and bitter chocolate, with dusty tannins adding shape. The surprisingly energetic finish leaves tangy mineral and bitter cherry skin notes behind. I underrated this last year." (Jan/Feb 2007) 90+ Robert Parker "The meaty, backward, tannic 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Gallimardes exhibitis plenty of garrigue, roasted meat, lavender, herb, and spice characteristics. With outstanding power and depth, it is atypically backward and foreboding for a 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape. Nevertheless, a balance has been struck between the wine's structure and depth of fruit. It should evolve beautifully, but it requires several years of bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025. (Wine Advocate # 179 October 2008)


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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- 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.
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.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape