The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Reine des Bois is one of the few wines of the vintage to rival the estate's 2007 counterpart. I suspect Mordoree's 2007 will put on more weight, but they have made one of the singular wines of the vintage in 2006. Performing far greater from bottle than it did last year from barrel, the 2006 boasts a dense purple color as well as an amazing bouquet of charcoal, blackberries, cherries, licorice, incense, and spring flowers. It hits the palate with a rush of full-bodied opulence and decadence with super-rich fruit, superb purity, a broad, layered, velvety-textured mouthfeel, and a stunningly long finish that lasts nearly 50 seconds. This is a great effort for a 2006! Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (179), October 2008|
Since 1996, their Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de la Reine des Bois has been one of the stars of the vintage. The blue/purple-hued 2006 exhibits aromas of charcoal, creme de cassis, roasted herbs, meat juices, licorice, and camphor. Full-bodied, dense, and concentrated with sweet tannin, adequate acidity, and a stunningly long finish (40+ seconds), this beauty is one of the vintage's most complete and concentrated wines. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2023.
|Score: 92/95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (173), October 2007|
Very juicy, but sleek and racy, with a big core of warm, crushed fig and plum fruit layered with mocha, black licorice, Turkish coffee and graphite. The long, dark finish is nicely packed for the vintage. Drink now through 2023
|Score: 93||James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com|
Bright, healthy crimson. Lots of heat on the nose. And finish! Creditable but just a little earth bound. Stolid with very dry tannins on the finish.Drink 2012-2022.Date tasted 8th May 08.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2008|