Chateau de Beaucastel 2006 Famille Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape
95 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - As I stated last year there is no Hommage a Jacques Perrin in 2006 but Beaucastel's 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is performing even better from bottle than it did last year. Its dense plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a big sweet perfume of black truffles camphor earth incense new saddle leather and loads of peppery blackberry and herb-infused meaty black cherry fruit. Deep full-bodied and dense with sweet tannin this explosively rich Chateauneuf is a stronger effort than the 2005 2004 or 2003. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028.
95 Points Wine Spectator - Powerful with a round almost creamy core of blackberry and raspberry fruit all layered with cocoa sweet toast mesquite and fig paste. Long and rich through the finish. Still quite primal with lots in reserve. Best from 2010 through 2030.
94+ Points Jeb Dunnuck.com - A fantastic wine, the 2006 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape fleshes out with air and displays deep, earthy aromatics of dark fruit, roasted meat, graphite, mushroom and old wood. In the mouth, the wine displays a medium to full bodied, structured personality to go with a fantastic texture, concentrated fruit and a long finish. If drinking anytime soon this needs plenty of air.
94 Points Vinous - For once, the best wine of the evening during a dinner in Alsace was not an Alsatian white. It’s hard to argue with the simply magnificent 2006 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge, a masterpiece of refinement and precision. Not at all a blockbuster, but rather a paragon of balance and gracefulness, it offers finely spicy red berry and dark cherry nuances lifted by lavender and thyme. It’s a wine of remarkable clarity and cut.
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