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The 2006 Cuvée Speciale has aromas that are fresh and delicate, with a restrained power. This cuvée in the traditional style has, once again, showcased a wine that stands apart from all the standards, apart from the most fashionable, the most modern, styles of the appellation. Definitely a wine that stands apart for the delight of wine lovers.
"Rich, with a sappy intensity to the cassis and red plum fruit that pumps through, pushed by red licorice, raspberry ganache and incense notes. The long, detailed finish lets additional mocha and roasted vanilla hints chime in. Grenache. Drink now through 2024. 1,450 cases made. "
"The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale, which includes 100% stems from a vineyard planted in pure sand in the Courthezon sector of Chateauneuf du Pape, has the classic kirsch liqueur notes with licorice, pine forest notes, and plenty of pepper. It is a noble, full-bodied style of Chateauneuf du Pape with superb purity and length. 92-94 points.
The Wine Advocate
"Ruby-red. Seductive aromas of raspberry, Asian spices, smoky minerals and potpourri. Lively red fruit flavors show a silky texture and good mineral tang. A vivacious, seamless wine that's delicious right now. 91 points "
International Wine Cellar
Domaine Tardieu-Laurent was established in 1994. It is a partnership between Dominique Laurent, a former pattisier (and with the girth to go with it) and one of the hottest names in Burgundy, and Michel Tardieu, a dynamic young winemaker. Tardieu-Laurent is an extremely unusual operation in that they are a negociant only, buying young wines from growers all over the Rhone, which...Read More About Tardieu-Laurent
(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...Read More About Chateauneuf-du-Pape
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...Read More About Rhone Red Blends
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