Review: 2006 Brotte Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Review: 2006 Brotte Chateauneuf-du-Pape


What an amazing disappointment this wine was, as Brotte has a solid reputation in the Rhone valley of France.

Weedy, gamy, and redolent of Port-like character, I had immense trouble drinking Brotte’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape (primarily a grenache-based wine), either on its own or with a big, traditional French meal. Nothing could cut through this Chateauneuf’s funk.

I don’t believe it was corked or a bad bottle, but would happily try it again (on someone else’s dime) just to be certain.

Note: This wine may possibly be for the U.S. market only and isn’t reflected on Brotte’s website below. Blanc bottle is pictured below but the label is the same as the rouge.

C- / $30

2006 Brotte Chateauneuf-du-Pape




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Anonymous on December 21, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Had the ’03 last night and it was shockingly great!!
    Color scary at first (darker than expected)
    Clarity scary also (particles abound)
    Nose heavenly (minerals…NO fading at all)
    Chave like
    I’m going back to the small liquor store to buy the rest!!

  2. OssyBoy_KSA on July 8, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Had the 2006 red just, an absolute disappointment. I had the same last week and absolutely adored it, same place and same weather conditions (Bahrain) maybe I had too much to drink that night and I couldn’t recognise a good wine from engine oil anymore? I don’t know, but I certainly agree with you, maybe willing to try it on someone else’s dime next time.

    I’ll have a sip, please thanks.

  3. Kyesaya hallam on March 3, 2011 at 3:13 am


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