The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Celestins, which should be bottled in 2012, had its best showing yet. Notes of soy, beef blood, kirsch, garrigue, licorice and tapenade make this a classic, expansive, full-bodied Chateauneuf du Pape that should turn out to be a great sleeper from this cellar. It could be similar to Bonneau’s 1986, which was probably the wine of the vintage in Chateauneuf du Pape. It should drink well for 25-30+ years.
(WS - Oct 2011)