2006 is an excellent Vintage, but will remain in the shadow of 2005 for sometime. Tasting 2005’s against the new vintage, the consistency of quality of 2005 vintage shone through. If you take 2005 and 2000 out of the picture, 2006 is as good as any vintage since 1990.
The Growing Season
A successful flowering of fruit set and a warm and sunny June and July was followed by a dreary August with below average temperatures. A fine spell in the first 10 days of September turned a potentially mediocre vintage into one of good quality. Heavy rainfall between 10th and 15th of September resulted in a rapid increase in berry size and a fall in sugar levels. Generally dry and sunny weather for the rest of September and up to the 10th October, enabled the harvest to be gathered under excellent conditions, where the health of the grapes allowed a relaxed approach to harvesting. Only well maintained vineyards on the better sites were able to cope with the difficult, fluctuating conditions. Overall the grapes were ripe, often with the same high sugar levels as in 2005.
The vintage is at its best as in the heart of Medoc, in St Julien and Pauillac, in the Northern Graves (only sporadic rainfall) and on the free draining slopes and gravel beds of St Emilion and Pomerol. The best wines are to be found on the finest terriors and in those appellations renowned for their charm. In general most Chateaux have made wines richer and more concentrated than in 2004 and 2001 and are certainly riper than 2002. The tannins are firm and will remain so for some time. The Medoc’s are similar to 1996, a classic vintage that will require patience. The result of vigorous selection of the grapes harvested has resulted in volumes considerably below 2005 vintage.
Chateau Cantenac-Brown, Margaux, Bordeaux, France, 2006
"Now this smells rather Italian and savoury to me! Firm and not that dense but it has not totally lost connection with Margaux style." 16.5/20 Jancis Robinson jancisrobinson.com
Château Clerc Milon, 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac, Bordeaux, France, 2006
From the same stable as Mouton Rothschild and d’Armailhac, the 2006 vintage was a brilliant success for Clerc-Milon, with a deep ruby/purple-hued...
Château D'Armailhac 5eme Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, Bordeaux, 2006
"Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London.The 2006 Château d'Armailhac has a feisty bouquet with tobacco and sage-infused red berry fruit...
Château Haut-Brion, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France, 2006
Grapes: 57% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc grown on 53ha of gravel and quartz, pebbly soils (48ha are red, the rest...
Château Lagrange, 3eme Grand Cru Classe, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, 2006
Grapes: 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot from 40 year old vines. Hand picked fruit. Typical Médoc soils of pebbles/gravel over a subsoil of clay/limestone...
Château Mouton Rothschild 1'eme Cru Classe Pauillac 2006
"Tasted at the Mouton-Rothschild vertical in London, the 2006 Mouton-Rothschild was really the wine that put winemaker Philippe Dhalluin on the map, in the sense that unlike the...
Château Palmer 3eme Cru Classe, Margaux, 2006
Merlot 44% and Cabernet Sauvignon 56%
"One of the wines of the vintage. Gorgeous nose, with violet, currant and berry, with a vanilla undertone. Full-bodied with a solid core of ripe fruit...
Chateau Rauzan Segla, Margaux, Bordeaux, 2006 "Very fresh nose underpinned by lovely evolution and complexity. Very pretty and very Margaux. Delicate." Jancis Robinson 17/20 jancisrobinson.com Feb 2017 "Deep garnet in color with a...
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