This cuvée is, basically, a blend of old vines -60 to 70 years old- of Grenache (80%), Syrah and Mourvèdre aged in casks, a few of them being new. Not surprisingly for a 2006, this Vieilles Vignes is more evolved than its counterparts, displaying some fine notes of Mocha behind a concentrated and elegant body. I recommend drinking up this nice effort now as it will certainly hold for long but will surely not improve. 91 points
This came across quite raspy on the nose, with dried herb, tar and game characteristics more forward than any distinct fruit-driven aromatics (contrary to first pour approx two hours prior). What fruit did emerge was defiantly black and brambly, but the garrigue notes were predominant, giving this a certain old-school CdP feel that runs contrary to my early impressions of it at the Bosquet des Papes cellar (lush, heady Grenache; contrary to what some believe, I assure you there is more than enough fruit to maintain the fruit/structure balance here). Regardless, a pleasant archetype for CdP in the hybrid sense, a synthesis of new-world ripeness and the softening effects of glycerol (the alcohol is very present, if at times a bit oppressive) and the old-world balance of acidity, layers and occasional flaws. This is sorely in need of time, I'm afraid. Hold, hold, hold.
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