2006 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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  • ProfAvi Likes this wine: 90 points

    December 7, 2021 - Day 1)
    This is a good wine.
    It's just not "me" anymore.
    15 odd years ago when I got this from a TWS EP offer, I liked big reds.
    But over the intervening years my palate has changed.
    Decanted for two hours, it's cold outside, and the woodturner has been lit.
    Lovely on the nose - an instant hit of dark fruit, wood and spice.
    This is followed through on the palate but with tannin still to the fore, but at the end an almost "bitter" finish that I associate, not with its acidity, but alcohol. The finish is exceptionally long and the bitterness evolves into kirsch.

    I know it's a 15% wine and this frames my perception of it.

    I like a "lighter" style of wines these days.

    However, with food it makes so much more sense.
    Whether it's its acidity or high alcohol that I find difficult, this is offset by steak pie and chips, homemade of course!

    Half stored overnight in my new decanter that is expensive but highly recommended if you can resist the wine you put in it.

    Day 2
    This is a different and more pleasant proposition.

    Rich, dark fruit, meaty, nose with a dollop of spice and a floral note that I couldn't pin down - violet or lily maybe.

    More balanced on the palate but the alcohol is still persistent. Tonight baked sausage pasta. It still make more sense with food.

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