I am a big fan of Chateauneuf du pape wines. I like these wines because they are not insanely priced and they offer tremendous quality. This area has a particular place in French wine history, because it was here that the very concept of Appellation Controlee was founded. There have been some exceptional vintages in Chateauneuf du Pape with many wines receiving 100 points from Robert Parker Jr, more wines in an appellation than many other regions in France. Parker was actually the biggest promoter of this area from the Rhone valley and many consider that both the man and the area grew famous together. I know that Mr Parker seems to be the roots of all evil today, but when it comes to Chateauneuf he was right the whole nine yards. Recently a gentleman from Netherlands has dedicated time and great effort, and produced the most comprehensive encyclopedia of the whole Chateauneuf du pape region describing the wines, the people and everything that is to know about it. The author’s name is Mr Harry Karis and the book is called “The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Book”.
Coming back to the wines and quoting Mr Karis: 2004 produced wines that are drinking very well now, the closed 2005s need 6h prior decanting, the flamboyant 2007s are closing now and 2006s are very enjoyable with a couple of hours of decanting. Many say that Chateauneuf wines are to be drunk only after at least 5 years from their release, but these wines can last for decades.
The bottle I had, even though not coming from a famous producer from the area, delivered great pleasure on a quiet SUN lunch at home.
The 2006 Cuvee la Pointe Chateauneuf du Pape made by Domaine des Florets is a big and fat wine. I drank this wine over two days.
The 1st day the wine showed more fruit. The wine has an oily appearance, leaving a lot of legs on the side after swirling the wine in the glass. These normally suggest either high alcoholic content or residual sugar. In the glass the wine shows the first: 14.5% alcohol, very common for these Grenache based wines. The color is deep, almost opaque dark red. The nose is clean, with a medium plus intensity, developing red fruit aromas: sour cherries, almost jammy, raspberries, a discreet dairy note, meaty flavors, earth and a hint of tobacco. In the mouth this wine is BIG, showing red fruits: sour cherries syrup, raspberries and strawberries, dried fruits: fig, spices: black pepper and eau de vie, with high acidity that perfectly balances the high alcohol and the firm tannins.. The aftertaste is long, finishing with red fruits flavors.
The 2nd day the wine evolved nicely towards strong flavors of black olives, truffles and even game on the nose, no longer the fruits from yesterday. I love this nose. The wine maintains its long aftertaste finishing with black olives and dark chocolate with a very discreet sweet note. I was surprised how beautiful this amazing wine evolved over these 2 days.
This was an excellent bottle of red Chateauneuf du pape wine. Price was around 30-35 €.
Serve this wine with big food and make sure to decant at least 1-2h before serving.
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