Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2006 Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

Vieux Donjon was formed in 1966 by Marcel Michel. The current iteration came about in 1979 with the marriage of Lucien and Marie José Michel. Both Lucien and Marie José’s parents owned vineyards in the region, and those holdings were combined to form Vieux Donjon. The domaine covers fourteen hectares of vineyards, thirteen planted to red grapes and one planted…

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Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2006 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée – Bottle Notes

2006 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape was the winning bottle in the July Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The family of Domaine du Pegau has roots in Châteauneuf-du-Pape dating back to the mid-17th century. The word Pegau refers to a wine jug discovered in the excavations of the 14th century Pope’s palace in Avignon. Today, the estate is run by…

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Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Pick My Next Bottle – 2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The July installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on 2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. I plan on opening the winning bottle this Sunday and will publish a Bottle Note shortly thereafter. Although overshadowed by 2005…

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Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2006 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul – Bottle Notes

The 2006 Usseglio mon Aïeul was the winning bottle in the February Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was decanted for an hour and served with homemade beef stew. Pierre Usseglio, not to be confused with Raymond Usseglio (a different winery owned by his brother) was founded in 1948 by Francis Usseglio. Francis moved to the Rhone from Italy…

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Pick My Next Bottle- Thanksgiving Version – 2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The November installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on 2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. I plan on opening the winning bottle on Thanksgiving and will publish a Bottle Note shortly thereafter. Although overshadowed by 2005…

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Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2006 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes – Bottle Notes

Clos Saint Jean was founded in 1900 in Chateauneuf du Pape and is still a small, family-run operation. The estate produces 12,500 cases annually. Brothers Pascal and Vincent Maurel run the business. Clos Saint Jean primarily produces Chateauneuf du Pape, including the Vieilles Vignes and several special cuvees including the Combe des Fous and Deus-Ex Machina. In 2002, Philippe Cambie…

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Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2006 Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard – Bottle Notes

Domaine de Beaurenard is in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, in the Rhone Valley. It has been a family run estate for seven generations and is today run by brothers Daniel and Frederic Coulon. The estate includes 80 acres in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and 62 acres in the Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau appellation. Robert M. Parker Jr. calls Domaine de Beaurenard “one of the old,…

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