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2006 Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf du Pape Les Gallimardes

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March 24, 2024 - $66

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RATINGS

94Wine 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..

18.5Jancis Robinson

...Still brooding and unyielding on the nose. In the leathery spectrum as though there were quite a bit of Syrah in the blend? in this. Very serious and ambitious special bottling. Well done, Giraud!

91Vinous / IWC

...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..

90+ Robert M. Parker Jr.

...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...

REGION

France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.