2006 Grenache/Syrah (Chateauneuf du Pape)Chateau Mont-Redon
Château Mont-Redon will be familiar to those who know and love Châteauneuf-du-Pape being well recognized as the owners of one of the most highly regarded vineyard sites in the appellation. The superb quality of its vineyards has been recognized throughout history and prior to the adaptation of the appellation controlee system it was one of the few ‘Grand Crus’ in the region (together with Chateau Rayas).
'I really love the style of the 2006 Mont-Redon, which strikes me as much more classically cut from the mold of this fine estate and I fully expect that this will age into one of the “Burgundian-styled” vintages from this estate. The wine is just a tad lower in alcohol than the more powerful 2007, but at 14.2 percent, it is no weak-kneed wine. The superb bouquet offers up a beautiful mélange of raspberries, red currants, hickory smoke, meaty tones, garrigue, a lovely base of complex soil tones and a nice touch of spice in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and strikingly transparent for a young Châteauneuf du Pape, with lovely mid-palate depth, velvety tannins and outstanding length and grip on the nascently complex finish. This is not the blockbuster of the 2007, but it will reach its ultimate apogee sooner and is already a pretty fine drink. I would try to give it a few more years in the cellar to let the tannins more completely fall away, and then drink it over the ensuing two o r three decades. Classy juice. 2014-2035+.' 92+ points.