Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bordeaux Meets Burgundy - 2006 Bordeaux

Bordeaux Meets Burgundy

Moving onto 2006 Bordeaux. What's been exclaimed as a more classic vintage for Bordeaux, 2006 came out very expensive, and I hope that it's all worth it. The tasting was great - the superstar was of course, 2006 Margaux, at $800. Needed a ticket for it as well. A very feminine wine, so elegant, and money being no object, this is the First Growth that I'd put in my cellar. What excited me more, as it makes a lot more sense, is the Branaire-Ducru. My first time tasting this wine, and it was amazing, in terms of classic claret that is eminently ageable. Wonderful, and I need to put this wine in my cellar.

2006 Château Margaux, AC Margaux 1er Cru: a star, rustic nose, briary tight structure, very feminine in contrast to Mouton, exceptionally elegant, a very fine wine
2006 Château Chasse-Spleen, AC Moulis: good creamy berries on the nose, tight structure, finishes a bit coarse, needs a lot of time
2006 Les Forts de Latour, AC Pauillac, 2nd Wine of Ch. Latour: good fruit, big structure, big tannins, should be delicious in 5-10 years, very expensive at $145 though
2006 Château Branaire-Ducru, AC Saint-Julien 4ème cru: a star of the Left Bank wines - very fresh berries, high acidity, very fine tannins, very long - I need to look into buying this wine
2006 Château Gruaud-Larose, Ac Saint-Julien 2ème cru: rustic nose, sweet palate, rustic finish, almost a bit dirty
2006 Château Canon, AC Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé: fruit is just extraordinarily fresh, soft structure, very approachable - is this what it takes to be a 1er Grand Cru Classé? If so, I have no interest in putting any of this in my cellar


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