Super Chateauneuf du Papes

The excellent 2006 Chateauneuf du Papes are now on the shelves. Here are some of the best of the vintage, including one that earned 98 points

Châteauneuf du Pape offers enormous diversity in styles. At its best, it's a wine that has a deep ruby/purple color, a sumptuous texture, full body, and can evolve over 10 to 15-plus years. It often smells like an open-air marketplace in Provence, with the aromas of lavender, fennel, licorice, black truffles, pepper, nutmeg, smoked meats, and copious quantities of sweet black cherries and blackberry fruit. Very appealing in their youth because of the sweetness of their tannins, Châteauneuf du Papes are remarkably flexible with an assortment of foods. Here are some of the excellent 2006s that are just hitting the marketplace.

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