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2006 Mas De Boislauzon Quet – Bottle Notes

2006 Mas De Bouilazon Quet

Mas De Boislauzon is a 22 acre estate near Orange, just north of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, in the Southern Rhone Valley. The estate is owned and operated by Daniel and Christine Chaussey, a brother and sister who are the current generation of a family that has owned the estate for six generations. The name of the estate comes from the vineyard where their oldest Mourvedre vines are planted. Mas de Boislauzon is a certified biodynamic estate and makes three red wines and one white wine, all Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The estate also makes a Cote du Rhone village wine.

Robert Parker has described Mas de Boislauzon as “one of Chateauneuf du Pape’s outstanding estates… and it has produced a brilliant succession of vintages over the last decade or more.”

Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf du Pape Quet made its debut in 1996. The ’06 is a blend of 65% old vine Grenache and 35% Mouvedre. The Grenache comes from old vines that average about 80 years of age. The wine is aged in 50% neutral oak and 50% concrete vats for about 12 months.

Garnet in color. Raspberry liqueur and kirsch on the nose. A touch rustic with earth, truffles, cherries, plums, spice, leather and pepper on the palate. The finish lingers and bodes well for many more years in the cellar.

My rating: 92 points.

Current vintages have crept up in price but the ’06 can be found for $50-$75. The 2007 retails for about $200 in most part due to a perfect score from Robert Parker. Four bottles of the ’06 or a single bottle of the ’07? I know which direction I would lean.

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2 thoughts on “2006 Mas De Boislauzon Quet – Bottle Notes

  1. It’s so interesting on how French wine fluctuates so much from vintage to vintage. In most of my favorite chateaus in CDP the quality is only slightly different from year to year and so there are always amazing deals in so called “off vintages” or even forgotten vintages sandwiched between what RP would call classic vintages. 04 and 06 hold very great value in the Rhone valley and even though everyone poo-poo’s 08 I’ve yet to have one I didn’t enjoy (especially for a fraction of the cost!)

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