Chateauneuf du Pape Les Galets Blonds
P. Lesec Chateauneuf du Pape Les Galets Blonds 2005/2006 [75cl] France

"The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Galets Blonds is composed of 85% Grenache, 12% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as classic notes of creme de cassis, kirsch, licorice, spice box, pepper, and truffles. Full-bodied with layers of fruit, lovely sweetness, sweet tannin, and a lusty, heady, hedonistic finish, it should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 15+ years." – 93 points Robert Parker

"Deep red. Vibrant, floral-kissed cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by anise, garrigue and espresso elements. Stains the palate with deep, sweet cassis and bitter cherry flavors, picking up chewy tannins on the finish. Awfully suave and already complex. This is 93% grenache and 7% syrah, with all the grenache emanating from very old vines in La Crau, according to Lesec." – 92-94 points- Josh Raynolds- International Wine Cellar

Reviews for 2006 Vintage From the Wine Advocate, #173 (October 2007) Points 92-94 “The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Galets Blonds is a strong effort for thee vintage. In this year the wine is 85% Grenache from 80 year old vines from La Crau and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre with 25% of the cuvee aged in old barrels, and the balance in tank and foudres. Dark ruby/purple with notes of ground pepper, loamy soil notes, underbrush, and oodles of black cherry and cassis, the wine is thick, juicy, fleshy, and moderately tannic in the finish. This is one of the bigger, richer, more concentrated Chateauneuf du Papes of the vintage and will need 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for 15-20 years.” © The Wine Advocate