Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 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

The best châteaux made wines of charm and finesse. Again this required a huge effort in the vineyards and in the cellar. Those that extracted aggressively suffered, failing to recognise the subtlety of the vintage and produced average ‘vegetal’ Bordeaux.

Pomerol’s small estates produced very good wines, a number challenging Pétrus. Over in Saint-Émilion, the garage wine movement thrived.

Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, 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

The best châteaux made wines of charm and finesse. Again this required a huge effort in the vineyards and in the cellar. Those that extracted aggressively suffered, failing to recognise the subtlety of the vintage and produced average ‘vegetal’ Bordeaux.

Pomerol’s small estates produced very good wines, a number challenging Pétrus. Over in Saint-Émilion, the garage wine movement thrived.

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  1. Château La Clotte, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2006 TN

    Château La Clotte, 2006

    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2021
    Reviewer Rating: 89 - eRobertParker.com

    “...this property has been on a strong run for several years. La Clotte is under most consumers’ radar, and the tiny production of 1,200 plus cases makes it difficult to find.” eRobertParker.com

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  2. Chapelle d’Ausone Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2006 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Chapelle d’Ausone 2006

    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2032
    Reviewer Rating: 91 - Robert Parker

    "...Ausone’s second wine is dramatically better than most first wines made in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s under the previous administration." Robert Parker

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  3. Château Ausone, 2006

    Château Ausone, 2006

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2035
    Reviewer Rating: 97 - Stephen Tanzer

    "My early candidate for wine of the vintage: this fills the mouth with perfume but its fruit of steel suggests that it will last a very long time." Stephen Tanzer

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