"The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Mon Aieul is one of the vintage's most majestic wines. Again, a blend of 95% old vine Grenache intermixed with 5% Syrah aged totally in tank, the wine has remarkable density, an inky bluish/purple color, and a fabulously multi-dimensional, fleshy mouthfeel with tremendous purity and depth. It displays a glorious nose of seaweed, licorice, blueberry, blackberry, sweet cherry, and lavender. A candidate for wine of the vintage, this full-bodied wine of extraordinary intensity is a true Chateauneuf du Pape elixir, will be very approachable when released next year, and should evolve for 15 or more years.
This estate has been on an outrageous run of successful vintages ever since 1998, no small thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the two brothers, Jean-Pierre and Thierry Usseglio. For them 2005 is a very structured, concentrated, powerful vintage that will require significant cellaring. Their 2006s are among the great successes of that vintage, much more charming and up-front than the 2005s, but concentrated."
-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 96-98
"Deep red. Rich raspberry and blackberry aromas are complicated by licorice, dried flowers and garrigue Smoky red and dark berry flavors coat the palate, with supple tannins add gentle structure. An exotic, sweet and spicy wine, with enormous immediate sex appeal and superb persistence."
-International Wine Cellar 94-96