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Wine of the week: 2006 Clos Saint Jean 'Vieilles Vignes'

December 30, 2008 |  4:30 pm

Wine of the week Why not ring in the new year with a bottle of full-blooded Chateauneuf-du-Pape from one of the appellation's top-tier estates?

That would be the 2006 Clos Saint Jean "Vieilles Vignes," which has everything a good Chateauneuf should have: seductive notes of licorice, dark plums and spices; soft, ripe tannins; and a finespun elegance.

It's Times Restaurant Critic S. Irene Virbila's pick for wine of the week. Read more, and catch up with her other picks here.

Photo: Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times