Bordeaux Satellites, 2006

2006 was a good to very good Bordeaux vintage, but with considerable variation in quality within and between districts. Not as good as 2005, but the equal of the 2004 vintage. A winemaker’s vintage and knowing your producers is key. Pomerol was the real star of the vintage.

The 2006 growing season was drier than average. It was very hot around harvest time, fuelling speculation that it could rival 2005, yet this was negated by heavy rains in the second half of September, which halted the ripening process and caused some rot. Those that prospered picked early (before the rains) and/or severely restricted their yields through crop thinning, plus strict blend selection.

Prices are generally down on 2005, although a relatively small crop amongst the left bank’s elite châteaux (similar to 2005) will ensure that their prices remain beyond the reach of most wine drinkers. Below this, there are some good values to be found.

2006 was a very good year for Bordeaux dry whites (particularly Péssac-Léognan), which were generally fresh and concentrated, having been picked before the rains during the warm spell that ripened grapes nicely. This followed a cool August, which gave grapes natural zest and acidity to balance. It was a difficult vintage for Sauternes, which experienced grey rot in September, although Château d’Yquem excelled.

The wines

Following the success of 2000 and 2005, it was back down-to-earth for many of the satellite appellation producers in 2006, although at the top-end, the consistently good châteaux made the best of the vintage.

Bordeaux Satellites, 2006

2006 was a good to very good Bordeaux vintage, but with considerable variation in quality within and between districts. Not as good as 2005, but the equal of the 2004 vintage. A winemaker’s vintage and knowing your producers is key. Pomerol was the real star of the vintage.

The 2006 growing season was drier than average. It was very hot around harvest time, fuelling speculation that it could rival 2005, yet this was negated by heavy rains in the second half of September, which halted the ripening process and caused some rot. Those that prospered picked early (before the rains) and/or severely restricted their yields through crop thinning, plus strict blend selection.

Prices are generally down on 2005, although a relatively small crop amongst the left bank’s elite châteaux (similar to 2005) will ensure that their prices remain beyond the reach of most wine drinkers. Below this, there are some good values to be found.

2006 was a very good year for Bordeaux dry whites (particularly Péssac-Léognan), which were generally fresh and concentrated, having been picked before the rains during the warm spell that ripened grapes nicely. This followed a cool August, which gave grapes natural zest and acidity to balance. It was a difficult vintage for Sauternes, which experienced grey rot in September, although Château d’Yquem excelled.

The wines

Following the success of 2000 and 2005, it was back down-to-earth for many of the satellite appellation producers in 2006, although at the top-end, the consistently good châteaux made the best of the vintage.

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