2006-bordeaux-vintage-report

2006 Bordeaux vintage report

How good is the 2006 likely to be? Can it surpass the 2005?
Bordeaux 2006 is a good, maybe very good, year but it is definitely not 2005.

The wines are extremely variable, but if you know where to look there are some great finds. It is difficult to think of a year of comparable character either. The 2006s have the firm acidity of 1988 with the fruit quality reminiscent of 1986. The hot July and cool August has also lead some to compare both the vintage conditions and the consequent wines to 1996.

Style-wise the 2006s are far more tannic and have less concentration than the 2005s, and are less charming than the 2004s. However, overall, 2006 is a slightly better vintage than 2004.

There are virtually...
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