Remembering Châteauneuf du Pape

Remembering Châteauneuf du Pape

Posted on Apr, 07. 2011 by

Categories: Wine

We might be getting the first crack at this wine and it is another that will not last long. I have been following this release and waiting for the distributor to make it available which they just did last night. We should be able to fill all of the orders that are e-mailed into us today.

I have not tasted the wine yet as it was just made available but I have had many past vintages and we have featured the wines of St Cosme over and over again here at the Guild. We are big fans of this reasonably priced estate. You may recall the basic Cote du Rhone that Evan flipped over and kept in stock at the Guild for Months in Mid Winter.

Here is the 2006 Chateauneuf Du Pape which was rated 94 points from the Wine Spectator and will retail for right around $48.00. As you may guess this is a recipe for urgency as most mid 90 point rated CNDP will cost $75 and up. This is a bargain!


Rated: 91 by Josh Raynolds, Jan/Feb 09
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Deep red. Strikingly complex, wild bouquet of dark berries, minerals, flowers, earth and herbs, plus an exotic smokiness; this smells like an Islay scotch. Sappy, deeply concentrated cherry and blackcurrant flavors are firmed by juicy acidity. Finishes with sweet notes of creme de cassis and silky tannins.

Châteauneuf needs time to reveal itself, to solve itself. These vines have been cultivated organically for several decades. 2006 is a great combination between power and finesse. With its fine tannins, it rolls like velvet. Truffle, smoked ham, tobacco box, brandied cherries. Bottled without any filtration.

100% Grenache.
Origins : La Crau – Valori
Aged for 24 months in 2 to 4 years old barrels.

About Chateau de St. Cosme: Louis Barruol works in a cooler, later-ripening corner of Gigondas, to the north of the village, where he excels in precise, modern-style wines. St. Cosme, established in 1416, is actually the oldest extant estate in the appellation. But Barruol isn’t held back by tradition in crafting his wines. His Grenache is aged much like Pinot Noir, with minimal racking, and it gets more structure from the inclusion of about 20% Syrah. He’s also now making excellent negociant wines from the northern Rhône appellations of Côte Rôtie and Condrieu.

2006 Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf du Pape
Rating : (88-90) points Robert Parker

The elegant, unbottled 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is still aging in foudre. Aromas of roasted herbs, new saddle leather,
meat juice, and black cherries are followed by a medium-bodied, stylish red to consume during its first 11-14 years of life.

“A dense, chewy style, with a mix of red and black plum, fig and blackberry fruit laced with dark cocoa, beef and black licorice notes. The long, muscular finish has a tarry edge. Very powerful for the vintage. Best from 2010 through 2025.” 94 points Wine Spectator

Let me explain how I process the reviews: Spectator gave this wine 94pts citing the wine as “dense” and “chewy” and bolstering it with more savory adjectives than sweet. Tanzer gives it 91pts compares it to Scotch but also remarks on the “silky tannins” and classic dark berry fruits. Parker comes in at last giving it 88-90pts and remarking that this is “elegant” with notes of “herbs” and “leather.” Considering that Parker likes a big dense, alcoholic chewy Rhone wine, his moderate score is more exciting to me than the Spectators really high score. Knowing what I know about the estate and the vintage I think this is going to be an awesome classically styled CNDP with plenty of apparent fruit but unable to shake the sunbaked earth and spice/herbal aromas that make CNDP so unique. This should be an awesome CNDP that you wont wince at getting into on a semi regular basis. This is a true find folks, if this is your thing, grab some while we can it will not last long.

2006 Chateau de St. Cosme Chateauneuf du Pape
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $36.66 • Premier Cru: $38.33 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $49.99
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