The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape offers peppery, spicy garrigue notes with plenty of sweet cherry, fig, and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, lush, savory, and hedonistic. It should evolve and drink nicely for 12-15 years. There are two superb Usseglio estates in Chateauneuf du Pape, and this one, although somewhat in the shadow of the recent efforts of the Domaine Pierre Usseglio, should never to be discounted as the wines from Raymond Usseglio are top-notch and classic in style. Both 2006 and 2005 are strong vintages for this estate. Readers should know that the Cuvee Girard is essentially the same cuvee as their traditional cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape but bottled unfined and unfiltered for the American importer and thus available only in the United States.