2006 Bordeaux Tasting Notes

2006 Bordeaux Tasting Notes

by Chuck Hayward


by Mike Supple

There are certainly a lot of great wines as well. Everybody we talk to describes this as a very challenging vintage. There were ups and downs in temperatures, and the end of the season brought a lot of rain. If not careful, this late rain caused dilution of berry concentration, as well as mold and rot. A lot of extra work had to be done both in the vineyard and in the winery to combat and overcome this problem: extra pruning of the leaves to allow circulation of air and keep the mold at bay; dropping fruit off the vines to improve concentration in remaining bunches; meticulous hand harvesting to ensure only the best fruits we picked; multiple sorting to remove unwanted fruit, mold and rot; very long harvesting period to allow each plot and each varietal to achieve maximum ripeness before being picked. Not everyone is equally committed to this extra effort inorder to produce higher quality wines, but the Chateaux who did it right were able to make some extremely good wine.

Beyond individual Chateaux, region definitely seemed to play an added role this season. We spent the first three days in the right bank: Pomerol and St-Emilion, and explored much more of the Medoc in the past couple days. While the variation from Chateau to Chateau still exists, we are finding that overall the quality among Pomerol and St-Emilion producers is superior to the other regions in 2006. That being said, Cabernet Sauvignon this year grew more successfully in the Medoc than Merlot. For that reason, many of the Medoc producers are putting a higher percentage of Cabernet than usual into their blends. However, the Medoc Chateaux who had the depth of vineyards planted to Merlot were able to salvage some amazing quality berries. For the same reason that Pomerol and St-Emilion are showing so well, it seems that this year the wines with a higher percentage (of quality) Merlot are more complete wines, while those with too much Cabernet are a little more hollow and austere.

I will be posting many tasting notes and impressions over the next few days, and we will make an effort to get them in to a more easily reviewable manner. As many of you are specifically interested in how the First Growths turned out this year, I will put these notes first. The rest will be in alphabetical order, and I will update the list as I can. I am listing the varietal make up of the wines when I can. Bear in mind that for some of these Chateaux, this may not quite be the final blend, so the numbers are approximate. As we don't have as much time as we'd like to put up all the notes at once, I will begin by posting the more asked about wines, as well as the higher scoring surprises for the vintage. Then I will continue with the rest of our notes, including the many that are unfortunately having a disappointing year.

Without further ado, the first growths:

2006 Mouton Rothschild - 96-100 Pauillac
This wine has a bright dark core with a vibrant ruby rim. Violet aromas flow over dark rich cherry and blackberry, backed by hints of black licorice, vanilla, leather, and sweet tobacco. On the palate the wine is soft up front, an quickly swells on th mid-palate, building fruit and tannic power. The intense depth of dark fruit is complemented by roasted coffee bittersweet cocoa, leaving lingering black cherries, vanilla and hints of cedar on the finish. This is a very well structured wine, and a great effort to see coming from Mouton, perhaps the best made '06 First Growth. 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot. -Mike Supple

2006 Latour - 94-96 Pauillac
A fairly dark purple/opaque core with hints of violet in the pink rim. Like the rest of the wines from Chateau Latour in 2006, this is a very floral wine, with aromas of violets and white flowers over rich red fruits and hints of milk chocolate. On the palate it is firm, powerful and well structured. The fruit is lush up front, but gets slightly dominated on the mid-palate by the tannic strength. A slatey minerality underlies the fruit in to the finish, leaving chewy lingering dark fruits. 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. -Mike Supple

2006 Margaux - 91-94 Margaux
A dark, intense core is surrounded by a bright fuchsia rim. Light aromas of jasmine and lilac up front are underscored by dark berry fruits, sweet blackberry and light earthy notes. Young oak is apparent on the front of the palate. The tannins are strong, but this is not quite as voluptuous and bold a wine as was their impressive 2005. The finish is long with spicy cinnamon, cedar and hints of licorice. Nevertheless, this effort leaves a bit to be desired. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. -Mike Supple

2006 Lafite Rothschild - 90-93 Pauillac
Dark bright core surrounded by a pink rim edged with violet hints. Smokey earth lead the aromas above lighter red and black fruits: cherry, cassis, blackberry. There is a light note of fresh anise on the nose as well. The wine enters the palate with sweet fruit flavors, and the fruit builds to a much greater intensity than the aromas suggested at first. The tannins build well, but remain somewhat subdued. Some spicy black licorice notes on the finish. 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. -Mike Supple

2006 Haut-Brion - 90-93 Pessac-Leognan
Dark purple in the glass, with a violet rim. On the nose there fruit aromas are very dark: black cherry, blackberry and cassis accented by light vanilla and cinnamon. However, there is a green herb aroma that denotes a lack of complete ripeness in the fruit. New oak comes through on the front of the palate followed by sweet berry fruit. Not quite as full and lush on the mid-palate, and the tannic structure stays more powerful than the fruit through the finish. Does have a nice spicy quality not present in many of the 2006 wines. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 57% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. -Mike Supple

And the rest of the millésime 2006:

2006 Aiguilhe - 88-90 Cotes de Castillon
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Aiguilhe Querre - 86-88 Cotes de Castillon
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Angelus - 94-97 St-Emilion
An intense dark core is encircled by a vibrant ruby rim flecked with pink. Sweet cocoa and caramel aromas swim over the fruit. Rich raspberry notes are followed by some lighter herbal qualities of tea and fresh mint. Soft and smooth on the palate entry, the 2006 Angelus has a very silky mouth feel. The fruit and tannins build on the mid-palate through to the finish, keeping the wine incredibly balanced with nice complexity and depth of flavor. Soft dark blueberry and caramel linger on the finish. This is a great wine. -Mike Supple

2006 Armailhac - 88-90 Pauillac
Rich raspberry purple core with hints of violet on the rim. New oak is very present on the front of the nose, with full ripe raspberry and lighter sage aromas pushing through. On the front palate the wine is very soft, but builds on the mid-palate with nice structure and tannic strength. Higher toned acids on the mid and back palate bring in flavors of cherry and cranberry. Tasted twice with consistent notes. -Mike Supple

2006 Ausone – 95-98 St-Emilion
Very dark and opaque in the glass. Vibrant fuchsia rim with hints of violet at the edges. This is heavy and dark on the nose with brambly fruit aromas surrounding brighter cherry tones and warm, rich caramel. The wine enters the palate very lush and full with nice tannic strength and power. Rich raspberry and cherry flavors are supported by a nice mineral undercurrent. Great body and depth lead to a long lingering red raspberry finish with hints of sweet tobacco. –Mike Supple

2006 Bahans Haut-Brion - 87-89 Pessac-Leognan
Dark garnet core with a thin bright pink rim. Very floral on the nose with lighter fruit and hints of earth and slate. Lush on the front of the palate with solid red fruits. Builds in tannic strength on the mid-palate, staying well balanced, although the fruit fades somewhat. 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. -Mike Supple

2006 Barde-Haut - 88-90 St-Emilion
A clear, dark red/purple core with pink and fuchsia notes on the rim. Fat raspberry aromas with great floral lilac and violet, followed by a hint of earth. Very approachable on the front of the palate. Solid red fruits with linger caramel notes on the finish. 10% Cabernet, 90% Merlot. -Mike Supple

2006 Barde Haut Blanc – 89-92 St-Emilion
Cloudy in the glass with a very pale gold – almost platinum – color. The nose is very fresh with litchi fruit, mango and citrus notes backed by hints of fresh cut herbs. Great mouthfeel: full in the mouth and supported by a nice punch of acidity. Lingering flavors of mango and lime. 65% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon. –Mike Supple

2006 Beauregard - 89-92 Pomerol
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Beulieu Comtes de Tastes – 83-85 Bordeaux Superieur
Good color and a solid fruity nose, but the palate is hollow. Very little fruit with austere tannins. –Mike Supple

2006 Beausejour Becot - 89-91 St-Emilion
Very dark core almost to the edge of th glass, with a tiny ruby rim. Roast coffee and rich dark fruit notes on the nose. Soft and sweet on the front palate with smoky charcoal notes. Nice tannic power builds on the mid-palate. The palate gets a bit disjointed on the back, but should settle as it ages. A nice rich lingering coffee finish. -Mike Supple

2006 Belair - 85-88 St-Emilion
Ruby core with hints of pink on the rim. Spicy red fruit aromas over darker black cherry are followed by notes of anise and cinnamon. Fairly approachable already, with nice structure and a good finish. –Mike Supple

2006 Bellevue - 90-92 St-Emilion
Bright ruby core and rim. Sweet and cool with bold raspberry and blueberry fruit aromas followed by a nice slate minerality. Sweet and lush on the front palate with spicy cinnamon surrounding dark cooler fruits. The strength builds well on the mid-palate, leading in to rich dark brambly fruits on the back. Fairly extracted and intense yet remains balanced. The finish is lingering and sweet with well rounded tannins. -Mike Supple

2006 Bellevue Mondotte - 90-93 St-Emilion
A dark purple core with a pink rim flecked by violet. Raspberry, blackberry and cherry dominate the nose with a light bramble, earth and clay notes. Soft and smooth up front, with tannic strength building on the mid-palate to a bold finish. Lush raspberry and blueberry fade somewhat behind the tannins. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. -Mike Supple

2006 Bellisle Mondotte - 91-93 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Beychevelle – 86-88 St-Julien
Clear, dark black core surrounded by a bright almost raspberry-purple rim. The aromas give off strong notes of fresh herbs over ripe raspberry and blackberry, backed by intense new oak. The tannins are bolder than the 2005 is currently showing, yet they are a bit more integrated, making this a better balanced wine. Good acidity on the mid-palate, but the fruit is somewhat muted behind the tannins and new oak. Ripe cherry and hints of nickel linger in to the finish. –Mike Supple

2006 Bonnes Rives - 86-88 Lalande de Pomerol
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Bourgneur-Veyrou - 84-86 Pomerol
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Branaire Ducru - 89-92 St-Julien
Maroon core surrounded by a light pink rim. Mint chocolate aromas surround sweet cassis and spicy candied licorice. The medium-bodied palate is full of candied raspberry fruits with a nice lingering spicy clove. -Mike Supple

2006 Brane-Cantenac - 87-89 Margaux
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Branon - 89-91
Pessac-Leognan
Black core with a bright purple rim. Aromas of caramel flow over dusty blackberry and black cherry. Somewhat oaky on the front of the palate. A big tannic structure surrounds a core of solid dark fruit and chewy toffee, with light notes of buttered brioche. 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Franc. -Mike Supple

2006 Calon Segur - 91-93 St-Estephe
Deep red on the core surrounded by a bright ruby rim. The nose offers very attractive floral notes of lilac and violet followed by fresh soft fruit followed by a hint of alcohol. Lush, sweet and dark on the palate with black licorice, blackberry and cassis flavors. Nice structure and complexity supports the wine leading to the lingering fruit finish with spicy hints of vanilla and oak. -Mike Supple

2006 Canon - 85-87 - St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Cantenac Brown - 89-92 Margaux
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Cap de Faugeres - 86-88 Cotes de Castillon
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Carruades de Lafite - 85-88 Pauillac
Dark purple core with hints of pink on the rim. Lighter fruit aromas over the top with cherry and hints of blueberry. Sweet fruits, yet fairly thin on the front of the palate. Decent power and structure on the mid-palate, but the fruit finishes a little short. 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 1.5% Petit Verdot. –Mike Supple

2006 Certan - 90-93 Pomerol
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Certan Marzelle - 90-92 Pomerol
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Chapelle d’Ausone – 90-92 St-Emilion
Black core circled by a bright pink and fuchsia rim. A cool herbaceousness quality floats behind dark blue fruit aromas, followed by wild berries, sweet caramel, and a hint of smoky cedar. Very velvety on the front of the palate, the body builds to a great lush thickness. Dark rich fruits lead in through the beautiful and long creamy vanilla finish. –Mike Supple

2006 Charles du Sarpe - 86-88 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Chateau Clos l'Eglise - 89-91 Cotes de Castillon
Garnet and purple core surrounded by a vibrant ruby rim. Big blueberry and sweet raspberry fruit aromas are edged by hints of fresh green herbs, chalk, curry spice and light earth notes. The front of the palate presents spicy clove over red cherry and raspberry. Though a little soft up front, a nice tannic core comes through the mid-palate and supports the wine. Finishes with toasty oak, caramel, toffee, coffee and cherry candy notes. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 70% Merlot. -Mike Supple

2006 Chauvin - 88-90 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Cheval Blanc - 93-96 St-Emilion
Dark and somewhat muted in the core, yet the rim is a bold fuchsia with a vibrant intensity. On the nose dark sweet cherry aromas are followed by light gamy qualities. Carried behind the fruit are herbaceous notes of sweet tobacco, milk chocolate and black licorice. Very big on the front of the palate; lush and rich. Over the dark intense fruit lighter notes of violets are backed by charred tobacco. The finish is incredibly long and lingering. 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc. This will be around a 5,500 case production. -Mike Supple

2006 Clerc Milon - 91-93 Pauillac
The core is a very dark reddish purple, with bright blue notes on the rim. The aromas offer a nice complexity with cinnamon, spicy red fruits hints of violet and lilac, with a soft touch of vanilla and cedar. While soft and sweet up front, the wine builds on the mid-palate and has great depth and structure. Darker fruits come in on the mid-palate, leading to a spicy, lingering finish of cassis and vanilla. Tasted twice with consistent notes. -Mike Supple

2006 Clos de l'Oratoire - 90-93 St-Emilion
Great expressive aromas. Menthol hints come over black cherry, cassis and spicy clove with floral violet notes. Dark fruits on the front of the palate followed by spicy plum and fig. A nicely balanced and textured wine with a lingering spicy finish. -Mike Supple

2006 Clos du Clocher - 88-91 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Clos du Marquis - 90-92 St-Julien
Very dark in the glass, and this translates well into the intense depth of concentrated fruits on the palate. While pretty and floral on top, this is a refined, supple wine with great depth and fantastic length of palate. Like it more than the 05. -Shaun Bishop

2006 Clos du Sarpe - 92-94 St-Emilion
Dark core surrounded by a bright riby rim. Very full lush front aromas. Bold florals followed by anise, cherry and cassis. Great depth and purity of fruit. Rich with bold yet balanced acidity and tannins. Very long finish. -Mike Supple

2006 Clos Fourtet - 90-92 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Clos l'Eglise - 91-94 Pomerol
Black core surrounded by a garnet rim and light fuchsia highlights. Sweet aromas of raspberry and violet are followed by darker earth with notes of smoky sweet tobacco. Soft on the front palate with lush red raspberry. The tannins swell on the mid-palate yet keep the wine nicely balance between fruit and acid. Creamy cherries linger on the finish. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. -Mike Supple

2006 Clos les Lunelles – 87-89 Côtes de Castillon
Dark purple core surrounded by a vibrant fuchsia rim. Raspberry aromas up front are supported by cooler notes of earth and limestone. The fruit comes back in with notes of bright cherry backed by light charcoal. The tannins are fairly strong on the palate, giving a very full-bodied and chewy impression. Fairly rich fruits and cocoa from the front of the palate through the finish. 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. –Mike Supple

2006 Clos Puy Arnaud - 88-90 Cotes de Castillon
Dark core surrounded by a lighter ruby and pink rim. Spicy herbal aromas of anise and clove jump out front, followed by rich ripe candied cherry notes, dark licorice, and raspberries. On the palate the new oak is very present up front, but good bright cherry and coffee notes come in on the mid and back palate. Medium bodied with good structure and a nice finish. -Mike Supple

2006 Clos St Julien – 88-90 St-Emilion
Hints of fuschia playing on a dark maroon and purple core. Huge candied black cherry aromas are accented by a nice smoky earth and game quality, followed by a touch of black licorice. On the front palate, the candied black licorice gives way to fresher anise, mint and alfalfa. Big black cherry, blackberry, cassis coffee and toffee come through on the mid-palate, leading to a lingering roasted cherry finish. –Mike Supple

2006 Courlat - 86-87 Lussac St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Destieux - 88-90 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Doisy Daene - 88-90 Sauternes
Dark gold core with a somewhat thin rim. The nose is a little night, with hints of tropical fruits backed by white grapefruit. A little heavy and weighty on the palate. Fairly lush fruit with a good acidity and a clean finish. -Mike Supple

2006 Doisy-Vedrines - 90-92 Sauternes
Very rich dark golden core with a lighter yellow rim. The aromas are full, rich and tropical up front, with intense sweet and spicy mango coming through. Very fresh on the palate withe ripe pear dominating the flavors. Good balance and mouthfeel with a nice crisp finish of lingering tropical fruit. -Mike Supple

2006 Domaine de Chevalier - 88-90 Pessac Leognan
Dark intense core with a ruby rim. Spicy anise and cedar aromas surrounded by cherry and a hint of orange zest. Medium bodied with nice full fruit. Decent length, but the finish is a little short. -Mike Supple

2006 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc - 88-91 Pessac Leognan
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Domaine de l'A - 85-87 Cotes de Castillon
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Ducluzeau – 85-87 Listrac-Medoc
Dark core with a bright pink rim. The nose is very pretty with strawberry and raspberry aromas surrounded by a slatey minerality. Soft on the front palate, and stays a little thin through the finish. Nice toasty qualities to the fruit with a good finish. –Mike Supple

2006 Ducru Beaucaillou - 95-97 St-Julien
Incredibly dark inky core surrounded by a bright fuchsia rim. On the nose rich blue fruits and sweet boysenberry are surrounded by butterscotch and a streak of cool minerality. Great power on the palate, front to back. Rich dark fruits are supported by a core of minerals and light metallics. Full and balanced, this is one of the wines of the vintage. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot. -Mike Supple

2006 Duhart-Milon - 84-87 Pauillac
Maroon core with a pink rim. Ripe aromas of raspberry and cherry are surrounded by a flinty minerality. In the mouth the wine is thin up front building to a strong mid-palate with nice dark fruit flavors. Decent structure through the finish, but the alcohol is a little too present. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot. –Mike Supple

2006 Faugeres - 90-92 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Feytit Clinet – 90-92 Pomerol
(Tasted but no notes given) –Shaun Bishop

2006 Figeac - 93-96 St-Emilion
Dark purple core with a ruby rim, fleck with hints of violet. Rich chocolate aromas surround dark blackberry fruit over lighter notes of clay and earth. In the mouth the wine has great balance front to back. It is very smooth, lush and bright. Higher toned acids keep the bright red fruits light and fresh, allowing the tannic power to build through the finish, leaving lingering notes of rich coffee, cherry and hints of vanilla. -Mike Supple

2006 Fleur Cardinale - 91-94 St-Emilion
Thick, dark red core with a bright pink rim. Very fresh berry fruit and candy cherry aromas are surrounded by light floral hints of rose petal. Dense on the palate, yet the tannins are starting to integrate well on the palate. A very lush, juicy wine with light hints of sage on the finish. Beautiful. -Mike Supple

2006 Fombrauge - 89-92 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Fonbel - 87-89 St-Emilion
Inky black core surrounded by a bright fuchsia rim. This wine is very gamy on the nose with great smoky, brambly dark red fruit aromas. Rich on the palate with bright acid up front. Lush and sweet on the mid-palate with raspberry and strawberry notes. Good lingering finish. A fun wine and great value coming from Ausone's Alain Vauthier. 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot. -Mike Supple

2006 Giscours - 90-92 Margaux
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Gloria - 87-89 St-Julien
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Gracia - 90-93 St-Emilion
Thick, dark purple core with a violet flecked rim. Rich dark fruit aromas are accented by spicy cedar, toffe, earth, black truffle and a dusty charcoal. A velvety entry on the palate leads to a stronger tannic backbone. The fruit is fairly concentrated and lingers on the finish. -Mike Supple

2006 Grand Corbin Despagne – 85-88 St-Emilion
Good balance and structure. Rich dark coffee notes over black fruits. –Mike Supple

2006 Grand Pontet - 90-92 Cotes de Castillon
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Grand Puy Ducasse - 87-89 Pauillac
Rich vanilla over cherry and raspberry aromas. Sweet gamy scents as well: almost a touch of honey ham. The game continues on the front of the palate, but it is backed by a solid core of sweet fruit. Lighter anise spice in towards the finish, with lingering cassis notes. -Mike Supple

2006 Grand Puy Lacoste - 86-88 Pauillac
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Gruaud Larose - 85-87 St-Julien
Vibrant magenta color. Toffee and roast coffee aromas over rich plum. Decent balance and mouthfeel. Toast over spicy cherry. Somewhat short. -Mike Supple

2006 Haut Bages Liberal - 90-92 Pauillac
Dark clear ruby core and rim. Bold mint chocolate aromas float over more delicate lilac, backed by dark black cherry. Very nice structure even on the front of the palate. The body builds in the middle - quite a lot of oomph. A bold, solid fruit core is accented by light touches of baker's chocolate into the finish. -Mike Supple

2006 Haut Bailly - 88-90 Pessac Leognan
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Haut Batailley - 89-91 Pauillac
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Haut Bergey - 87-89 Pessac-Leognan
Dark purple core with a thick fuchsia rim. Violet and blueberry aromas with sweet tea and hints of clay. Fairly tannic from the front palate on through the finish. The fruit is lush, yet medium bodied. -Mike Supple

2006 Haut Brisson - 88-90 St-Emilion
Dark and vibrant core with a bright fuchsia rim. Bold fresh raspberry aromas are followed by vanilla oak, blackberry and violet. The tannins are strong yet approachable, with full toffee roasted cherry flavors. -Mike Supple

2006 Hosanna - 93-95 Pomerol
Deep purple core with a bright ruby rim. Rich candy aromas of milk chocolate and caramel are layered over toasted raspberries and a hint of fresh lilac. Spicy fresh ginger jumps out on the front of the palate, bringing with it lush dark berry and plum flavors. The tannins are solid from front to back, giving the wine a full, balanced structure. -Mike Supple

2006 Issan - 88-90 - Margaux
Black/purple core with a fuchsia rim that fades to clear. Light dill over blackberry, raspberry, plum and hints of honeycomb and milk chocolate on the nose are followed by light orange zest and wet stone. Medium fruit and tannic structure up front, although a little austere on the mid-palate. Finishes with good balanced of fruit and tannin, yet fades a little quickly. Tasted twice with consistent notes. -Mike Supple

2006 Joanin Becot - 89-91 Cotes de Castillon
Bright, rich garnet red. Dark huckleberry and blackberry fruit aromas up front surrounded by nice light floral notes of violet and lilac. Fairly smooth and full on the palate, with dark rich fruits in the core. Spicy cinnamon gives way to toffee and coffee notes on the finish. Tasted twice with consistent notes. -Mike Supple

2006 Kirwan - 87-89 Margaux
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 l'Arrosee - 87-89 St-Emilion
Rich, garnet red in color. Bold strawberry on the nose surrounded by lighter dark cherry and dried tobacco notes. However, the nose is accompanied by a light burnt sulfur. The front of the palate is full with rich dark fruit flavors that thin out on the mid-palate. The acids are slightly unbalanced and the finish is a little short. -Mike Supple

2006 l’Enclos – 85-88 Pomerol
Dark purple and red. Big toasted fruit aromas. Dark and full on the palate with roasted coffee and baker’s chocolate. The finish is a bit off, with more of an acidic citrus zest quality to it. –Mike Supple

2006 La Bienfaisance - 86-88 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion - 87-89 Pessac-Leognan
Dark purple core with a bright garnet and fuchsia rim. On the nose, strong flinty notes crawl over rich cherry and ripe cranberry. A very soft entry on the front palate builds in the middle, but not too intense. Nice rich dark fruit on the front but the finish fades a little quickly. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc. -Mike Supple

2006 La Clemence - 89-92 Pomerol
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 La Confession – 86-89 St-Emilion
More opaque, muted dark purple/black core. Bold dark fruit nose. Good entry onto the palate with lush dark fruits, but the tannins build in a slightly disjointed manner on the back. –Mike Supple

2006 La Conseillante - 94-97 Pomerol
Dark core with a vibrant ruby rim. This is a very big wine starting with the aromas. It is very floral, with rich dark plum and blackberry fruits followed by sage and notes of slate. In the mouth the wine is very thick. Fresh dark fruits are backed by roasted coffee and toffee notes. The well balanced structure gives this wine a great mouth feel leading through the finish, allowing this wine to show better than it has in several years. -Mike Supple

2006 La Cour d'Argent - 80-82 Bordeaux
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 La Croix de Beaucaillou - 87-89 St-Julien
Dark maroon core with a bright fuchsia rim. Fairly rich aromas up front of dark sweet fruits, followed by light notes of violet. Rather soft up front, but the fruit and power builds well on the middle, maintaining the strength through the finish. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot. –Mike Supple

2006 La Croix St George – (NA) Pomerol
Dark maroon core with a purple rim. Lush and full on the nose, with rich red fruit aromas. Nice body with a good balance of fruit and tannin. –Mike Supple

2006 La Croix Taillefer - 84-86 Pomerol
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 La Fleur de Gay - 90-93 Pomerol
Dark garnet core with a pink rim. Black licorice over spicy and spicy floral aromas. Lush and dark on the front palate with full candied blackberry and hints of leather. -Mike Supple

2006 La Fleur Petrus - 90-93 Pomerol
Dark maroon core with a bright garnet rim. Floral violet and lilac aromas are followed by slate and spicy clove over rich dark fruits. The tannins are very silky on the front of the palate, allowing the wine to show full soft floral and sweet fruit flavors. -Mike Supple

2006 La Gaffeliere - 88-90 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 La Gomerie - 84-86 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 La Grande-Mayne - 90-92 Cotes de Castillon
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 La Grave - 84-86 Pomerol
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 La Graviere - 89-92 Lalande-de-Pomerol
Dark purple core surrounded by a raspberry red and purple rim. Sweet red fruit aromas are backed by bolder hints of leather, cool clay and Bing cherries. The front palate is soft and approachable with lush red cherry and cassis. The tannins, while bold, are ripe and sweet. 100% Merlot. -Mike Supple

2006 La Maurianne - 91-92 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 La Mission Haut-Brion - 95-98 Pessac-Leognan
A very dark and dense core that is almost black. The rim vibrant fuchsia and violet. Thick, brambly blackberry and boysenberry aromas are followed by spicy bright red cherry with hints of mandarin orange zest accented by light clove and nutmeg. From the time the wine hits the front palate it is full and balanced. Rich red and black cherries are matched by a solid tannic structure, leading to a long lingering spicy fruit finish. This is better than Haut Brion. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 59% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. -Mike Supple

2006 La Serre - 84-87 St-Emilion
Reddish cranberry core surrounded by a light pink and fuchsia rim. The nose is very toasty with aromas of coffee and cedar over black cherry, plum and cassis. Sweet berry flavors dominate the front palate, with spicy cedar and oak building in the middle. Medium bodied with a decent finish. –Mike Supple

2006 La Tour Blanche - 90-92 Sauternes
Dark gold with a lot of cloudy sediment. Aromas of Royal Riviera pear up front are accented by bright lemon and mandarin orange citrus notes. The wine is very full and rich on the palate with pear and pineapple flavors dominating. The finish is a bit sweet, as the acid seems a little low, but overall this is a fairly well balanced wine. -Mike Supple

2006 La Tour Carnet - 90-92 Haut Medoc
Dark yet bright with a vibrant ruby rim. Very cool dark blue and black fruits surrounded by fresh spicy aromas. Lush on the front palate with rich blackberry and spicy toasty oak leading to the lingering finish. -Mike Supple

2006 La Vieille Cure - 88-90 Fronsac
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 La Violette - 93-96 Pomerol
A dark red core is surrounded by a lighter pink rim with hints of violet. Dusty black fruit and blueberry aromas are encircled by black licorice and sage and mint, with beautiful floral violet notes. This is a very elegant style of wine. Fresh red raspberry and strawberry flavors up front are mirrored by dark blackberry on the back. This is a full and balanced wine. Tasted twice with consistent notes.
From the owners of Le Gay, La Violette is produced from a 1.5 hectare parcel on the edge of Le Pin. All fermentation is done in barrel, and the whole berries are placed in one by one to avoid bruising of the fruit. -Mike Supple

2006 Lafleur Gazin - 87-89 Pomerol
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Lafon Rochet - 86-88 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Lagrange - 88-90 St-Julien
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Lalande-Borie – 86-88 St-Julien
Fairly dark, opaque core surrounded by a ruby rim. Earthy tones of flinty minerals and clay over deeper aromas of rich cherries. Soft and fruity on the front of the palate, with a fresh touch of green herbs. Fairly accessible on the mid-palate with a good length of dark fruit through the finish. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc. –Mike Supple

2006 Larcis Ducasse - 90-92 St-Emilion
Rich raspberry fruit aromas up front, getting a little bold and gummy. Very pleasant palate with a lush, soft entry, building in power on the mid-palate. Nice structure with bold dark fruits. Finish a bit shorter than the 2005. -Mike Supple

2006 Laroze - 87-88 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Lascombes - 92-95 Margaux
Intense dark purple core with a bright pink and violet rim. Floral aromas up front are supported by a fantastic depth of cool clay and limestone. Dark cassis and raspberry aromas are followed by light sage and fresh mint. On the palate the wine presents lush fruit up front and allows the tannins to build to a balanced, bold intensity. Flinty dark fruits and dusty cedar notes linger through the finish. This is a big wine. Since 2003 Lascombes has continued to offer one of the best values out of Margaux. -Mike Supple

2006 Latour Pomerol - 89-91 Pomerol
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Le Bon Pasteur - 89-91 Pomerol
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Le Gay - 95-98
Pomerol
Dark purple core with a bright fuchsia rim. Fresh, bright red and black fruit aromas with a hint of soft caramel. Beautiful floral notes of violet and lilac are touched by a hint of mint and sweet basil with light black truffle. New oak on the front of the palate quickly gives way to the lush, full dark cherry and blackberry. The tannins are very present, yet ripe and easily approachable. Toasty coffee and toffee and vanilla notes linger on the palate. This wine is a great follow up to their beautiful '05 and a highlight of this vintage. Tasted twice with consistent notes. -Mike Supple

2006 Le Petit Cheval - 88-91
St-Emilion
A dark maroon core is surrounded by a think bright pink rim. Bright raspberry and milk chocolate aromas are accented by light spice and the faintest hint sulfur. Very full and lush up front with flavors of black licorice and dark cherries. The wine builds in strength on the mid-palate and carries the tannic power on through the finish. 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc. -Mike Supple

2006 Le Petit Mouton - 85-88 Pauillac
Darker red core with a garnet rim. Sweet dark fruit aromas up front are followed by hints of honeycomb, rich raspberry, and a light touch of spun sugar. Soft with thin fruit on the front of the palate with decent tannins on the mid-palate. There is nice structure in the middle, but the fruit never really shows up, leaving lingering flavors of licorice. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc. –Mike Supple

2006 Le Thil Blanc - 88-92 Pessac Leognan
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Le Thil (Comte Clary) - 84-86 Pessac Leognan
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Leoville Barton - 89-91 St-Julien
Dark, intense purple core rimmed by violet notes. Very cool on the nose with blackberry and blueberry aromas surrounded by notes of fresh mint. On the palate the wine is very well structured. Overtones of slate and clay are supported by full lush blackberry and cassis. Medium in body on the mid-palate, leading to a long lingering finish of toffee and blackberry. Tasted twice with consistent notes. -Mike Supple

2006 Leoville Las-Cases - 95-98 St-Julien
Very floral and spicy on the nose, with great intensity of fruit. Sweet and long on the palate with a fantastic texture. Vanilla, roses, sweet baking spices and hints of toasty cedar and oak enrobe the rich black and red fruits. Plainly put, this wine is a winner and better than their '05. -Shaun Bishop

2006 Leoville Poyferre - 90-92 St-Julien
Maroon care ringed by a bright pink rim. Strawberry and light sweet tobacco aromas up front are surrounded by rich roasted blackberries. Sweet and lush on the entry, this wine fills the mouth very well. Ripe raspberries push through the mid-palate on to the finish and are paired with a nice lingering spicy clove. -Mike Supple

2006 Les Angelots de Gracia - 90-93 St-Emilion
Dark purple core with a garnet/maroon rim. Rich coffee and toffee aromas flow over dark, heady black cherry, spicy vanilla and cinnamon, touched by notes of flint and clay. Thick and concentrated on the palate with big dark fruit. The tannins are firm, yet remain understated. -Mike Supple

2006 Les Charmes-Godard Blanc - 92-94 Cotes de Francs
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Les Fiefs de Lagrange - 82-85 St-Julien
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Les Forts de Latour – 85-87 Pauillac
Very dark yet clear purple core with a bright pink and fuchsia rim. Jasmine and lilac aromas dominate the nose over very light strawberry notes. Juicy on the front palate, but the tannins attack with vigor on the mid, somewhat dominating the fruit. Decent length finish. Not as impressive as this year’s generic Pauillac label. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot. –Mike Supple

2006 Les Ormes de Pez - 84-86 St-Estephe
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Luchey-Halde - 85-87 Pessac Leognan
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Luchey-Halde Blanc - 89-92
Pessac Leognan
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Lusseau – 87-89 St-Emilion
Dark purple core with a lighter pink rim. Rich cocoa, cherry and blueberry aromas are book ended by earthier notes of chalk and clay. Surprisingly lush and full in the mouth. Sweet dark fruits and bakers chocolate on the palate. Good medium body and a nice lingering finish. 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. –Mike Supple

2006 Lynch Bages - 91-93 Pauillac
Bold and dark in the glass, with a very vibrant purple and pink rim. The aromas are very bright, with floral overtones of violets, lilac and jasmine over ripe fresh red fruits. The sweeter floral aromatics are supported by a nice touch of spicy nutmeg and clove. On the palate this wine as great structure front to back. Dark roasted toffee flavors cover rich deep fruits. This is a very balanced wine with great structure and depth, and should be very long lived. -Mike Supple

2006 Magdelaine - 91-93 St-Emilion
Medium purple core with a bright violet rim. Nice herbal notes of sage and sweet basil over rich raspberry, cherry and a touch of strawberry. Lush on the front of the palate, with a nice balanced and silky tannic core supporting the complex fruits and spices. The quality of this wine came as somewhat of a very pleasant surprise. Approachable early, this should be a great opportunity to give an idea of what the well made wines of the vintage bring to the table. -Mike Supple

2006 Magrez-Fombrauge - 93-96 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Magrez Tivoli - 84-86 Medoc
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Malartic Lagraviere - 86-88 Pessac Leognan
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Malescot-St-Exupery - 90-93 Margaux
Dark ruby core with a rich, bright ruby rim. Chalky red cherries and cinnamon are accented by light floral and red raspberry notes, with underlying aromas of wet peat. Sweet, lush and full on the palate with rich berry fruits up front. Great body through the mid to the back with toasty vanilla and black cherry notes with darker edges of graphite and charcoal. -Mike Supple

2006 Manoir de Gay - 89-92 Pomerol
Dark purple core with a vibrant fuchsia and violet rim. Rich and floral on the nose with milk chocolate, red cherry and blackberry aromas, supported by an edge of clay and black truffle. Very oaky on the front of the palate with cherry licorice and cassis flavors followed by spicy toffee and vanilla. 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 90% Merlot. -Mike Supple

2006 Marjosse - 85-87 Bordeaux Superieur
Dark raspberry red core surrounded by a bright rim. Sweet blackberries one the nose are surrounded by caramel and milk chocolate. On the palate a strong clay and mineral front is followed by lingering raspberry. Medium bodied wine with a medium finish. -Mike Supple

2006 Marquis de Terme - 90-93 Margaux
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Meyney - 90-92 St-Estephe
Dark core with a vibrant fuchsia rim. Earthy black truffle notes are underscored by rich aromas of plum and cassis. On the palate this is a bold and beautiful wine. Very nice structure front to back with a great depth of fruit and a long finish. -Mike Supple

2006 Monbousquet - 90-93 St-Emilion
Dark garnet and purple core surrounded by a bright pink rim. Bold raspberry leads the aromas with notes of clay, toasty oak, and a subtle gamy bacon touch. The wine presents notes of earth and clay up front, with a fairly bold tannic quality. A nice dark depth of fruit presents itself behind the tannins, and supports the wine through the lingering finish. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 10% Cabernet Sauvingon, 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. -Mike Supple

2006 Monbousquet Blanc – 90-93 St-Emilion
A pale yellow core with a bright almost steel gray rim. Fairly cloudy at this point. The nose is very floral up front, followed by ripe stone fruit aromas of nectarine, white peach and apricot. The fruits are balanced by a light wet stone minerality and a touch of lemon grass. The palate is a little more subdued than the nose, but the bold fruits are still there, bringing flavors of guava, peach and apricot. Very nice mouthfeel, with a solid crisp finish. 67% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Sauvignon Gris. –Mike Supple

2006 Monbrison - 88-90 Margaux
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Montperrat - 85-87 1er Cotes de Bordeaux
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Montrose - 95-98 St-Estephe
A dark purple core fades to lighter pink and violet on the rim. Dark, sweet spicy licorice aromas pour out of the glass over big fresh blackberry fruit and hints of charcoal. The wine enters the palate in a big and bold style bringing lush fruity flavors of blackberry cassis and plum. The dark fruits linger on through the finish bringing hints of vanilla and spice. This is a structured and well-built wine that is showing better than the 2005 was at this time last year. -Mike Supple

2006 Montviel - 91-94 Pomerol
A dark purple core surrounded by a bright ruby rim with violet and pink notes. White truffle, violet and lilac aromas surround rich red and black cherries with a spicy note of cedar. This is an approachable and fairly elegant wine with lush blackberry and cassis flavors, edged by roasted toffee. Good power, yet nicely balanced. - Mike Supple

2006 Moulin St Georges - 87-89 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Nenin - 91-93 Pomerol
A very well made wine with a solid tannic core balanced well by the fruit from the front to back of the palate. Impressive depth and intensity from one of Leoville Las-Cases' other labels, especially during a vintage when so many others are struggling. It appears that they did a great job this year bringing up the fruit and refining the tannins, an improvement over lasts year's effort. - Shaun Bishop

2006 Palmer - 96-98 Margaux
Very pretty floral tones up front: rose petal, violet and lilac. Round and approachable up front, yet the tannins build with a nice balanced strength and intensity in the middle of the wine. Rich dark cassis and black berry linger with hints of vanilla spice. One of the best wines, if not the best, from Margaux. -Shaun Bishop

2006 Pape Clement - 92-95 Pessac Leognan
Intense purple core with a bright ruby rim. Aromas of dark spicy rich fruits - plum and cassis - are supported by nice hints of charcoal on the edges. Sweet and rich on the front of the palate with a lush, bold and structured mid-palate. This is a complex and deep wine, matching dark fruits with brighter spices and a hint of minerality. Very rich on the palate with a long, lingering finish of spicy fruits with notes of vanilla and cream. This is an excellent wine that should be very long lasting. -Mike Supple

2006 Pape Clement Blanc - 93-97 Pessac Leognan
Medium straw gold in the glass. Nice fresh herbaceous aromas up front, with rich toast coming in around bright citrus and hints of ripe banana. The toast continues onto the palate, giving a nice rich mouthfeel. Good acidity with lemon and lemon zest dominating the palate. Crisp, clean and pure through the finish, with hints of pineapple coming in at the end. -Mike Supple

2006 Passion d'une Vie - 83-86 Cotes du Roussillon
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Pauillac du Chateau Latour – 86-88 Pauillac
The third label of Chateau Latour. While the core is very dark, the vibrant pink rim is somewhat thin. Light floral aromas of violet presents itself over wet stone and blackberry. In the mouth this is a chewy wine with nice body and a good amount of dark fruit leading to a medium finish. A very nice generic Pauillac wine. 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot. –Mike Supple

2006 Pavie - 95-98 St-Emilion
In the glass a dark, almost black cores is edged with maroon hints and surrounded by a fuchsia rim. Sweet fresh red fruits lead the aromas and are underlined by a hint of fresh mint, cooler clay and minerals, and a toasty cedar/leather component. The wine makes a soft entry into the mouth and quickly builds on the mid-palate to an enourmous, chewy wine. The bold depth of fruit balances the tannic strength with flavors of raspberry, blueberry, cinnamon and vanilla lingering on through the finish. A truly fantastic effort showing the success that could be achieved in 2006 with careful planning and hard work. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc.
For the first time ever, Gerard Perse did not use 100% new oak in any of his wines. While this is a sign that the fruit was not as full and rich in 2006 as previous vintages, his choice to use less shows to be a fantastic decision by the end result of his wines. The 2006 Pavie uses 65% new oak. -Mike Supple

2006 Pavie Decesse - 92-95 St-Emilion
Dark red and purple core surrounded by a bright pink and magenta rim. Huge lush raspberry and blackberry aromas float over hints of clay, spicy cinnamon and a light hint of violet. Lush, soft fruit on the front palate yields to a full tannic build on the mid palate. This is a bold wine with great depth and structure. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. -Mike Supple

2006 Pavie Macquin - 90-93 St-Emilion
Dark core with bold, bright fuchsia colors in the rim. Light cedar and spices play over vanilla and clay, with rich red and blackberry fruit aromas. Very nice structure on the palate with a great balance of fruit and tannins. Rich but not overbearing, with a streak of minerality keeping it together through the long finish. -Mike Supple

2006 Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux – 88-91 Margaux
Pale gold with a vibrant core. Bright fruit aromas up front with a hint of herbaceousness. Sweeter almost dried fruit aromas come in behind the herbs. Sweet and fairly lush on the front palate with a nice full mid-palate and a crisp acidic finish. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. –Mike Supple

2006 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux - 87-90 Margaux
Dark purple core with a thin fuchsia and pink rim. Bright red fruit aromas with notes of brambly dark berry fruits and light herbs. Fairly soft up front, but fruit and tannins both build on the mid-palate. Good balance, with lingering candied cherries on the finish. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. -Mike Supple

2006 Peby Faugeres - 90-92 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Petit Bocq - 84-86 St-Estephe
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Petit-Gravet-Aine – 84-87 St-Emilion
Dark maroon core with a clear bright pink rim. Somewhat rustic on the nose with warm cedar aromas over red cherries. Sweet fruit on the front palate, but the earthy rustic character follows through fairly strong on the mid-palate. The tannins are a bit astringent, and over power the entire palate on the finish. 20% Merlot, 80% Cabernet Franc. –Mike Supple

2006 Petrus - 96-100 Pomerol
Intensely dark in the core with an vibrant ruby rim. Beautiful on the nose: rich, brambly cherries with dark cassis and blackberry, highlighted by violets, and surrounded by a spicy ring of cinnamon, licorice, toasty caramel and hints of slate. In the mouth, this is a very big, structured wine that retains the balance between fruit and tannin very well. Dense, dusty dark fruits accented by licorice and dark spices linger long after the wine is gone. This is a fantastic effort and one of the highlights of 2006. -Mike Supple

2006 Phelan Segur - 89-91 St-Estephe
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande - 85-87 Pauillac
This is a nice wine, but somewhat muted all around. Dark fruits on the palate get somewhat covered by the austere and tannic middle, muting the fruit and leaving the mid-palate a little hollow. Fairly short on the finish as well. This is the second year in a row that this wine is a total disappointment.
Being the first year under new ownership, the wine maker was given carte blanche to improve the quality of the wine. While pleased with his effort, he did mention that this is not the final blend of the wine and he felt there is more work to be done before the wine is released. -Shaun Bishop

2006 Plince - 85-87 Pomerol
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Prieure-Lichine - 91-93 Margaux
Dark garnet core with a bright magenta rim. Caramel and blueberry aromas are surrounded by sweet tea, sage, tobacco, and fresh red cherry with spicy hints of nutmeg. Sweet and lush on the front of the palate, yet builds to a nice balanced and chewy wine. A bold acidity gives notes of ripe cranberry and leads to a dark, toasty fruit finish with lingering black cherry and anise seed. Tasted twice with consistent notes. -Mike Supple

2006 Providence - 90-92 Pomerol
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Quinault l’Enclos – 87-89 St-Emilion
Rich, bold maroon core with a lighter rim. Aromas of sweet tea and dried herbs over dark ripe cherry. On the palate the wine is fairly well balanced with nice fruit and a medium body. The fruit fades somewhat on the finish. Tasted twice with consistent notes. –Mike Supple

2006 Rauzan-Gassies - 97-89 Margaux
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Rauzan-Segla - 92-96 Margaux
Intense purple core surrounded by a lighter violet and blue rim. Beautiful nose of spiced candy plums and black cherries in the center of fresh violet and lilac with spicy cinnamon, nutmeg and white pepper. Big red cherry and strawberry candy on the palate are surrounded by bold spicy clove and cinnamon notes with lingering raspberry. Great texture and complexity; full and rich yet not overpowering. This is a long-lived wine and will require some patience. 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. -Mike Supple

2006 Reignac - 89-91 Bordeaux Superieur
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Reignac Blanc - 86-89 Bordeaux Superieur
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Reserve de la Comtesse de Lalande - 87-89 Pauillac
More fruit and a little fuller in the mid-palate than the Pichon. Full, intense dark fruits leading into a dark, spicy finish. Finish could use some length. -Shaun Bishop

2006 Rol Valentin - 88-90 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Romulus - 92-94 Pomerol
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Rouget - 86-89 Pomerol
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Saint Pierre - 89-92 St-Julien
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Sainte Colombe – 84-87 Côtes de Castillon
Bright ruby core with pink edges. Fresh and fruity on the nose with aromas of strawberry and hints of blueberry over lighter notes of clay and bakers chocolate. The palate is not quite ripe and fruit forward as the nose. The tannins are a bit austere, and a touch of heat creeps in on the finish. 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. –Mike Supple

2006 Sanctus - 88-91 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Sansonnet - 85-87 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Serenite - 89-91 Pessac Leognan
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Servitude la Voluntaire du Ch La Tour Carnet - 87-89 Haut Medoc
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Simard - 84-88 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Siran - 88-91 Margaux
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Smith Haut Lafitte - 92-95 Pessac Leognan
A dark red core leads to a bright ruby rim with hints of violet. Very dark fruit aromas of boysenberry and blackberry are supported by hints of roast coffee and a touch fresh mint. Dark and concentrated on the palate, with the mint carrying through from the nose and leading the palate to lush, cool blackberry, plum and cassis followed by lighter roast coffee notes on the mid-palate. Full bodied front to back, with great depth and lingering fruit on the finish. One of the stronger wines from Pessac in 2006. -Mike Supple

2006 St Paul - 84-86 Haut Medoc
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Talbot - 87-89 St-Julien
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Tertre - 87-89 Margaux
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Trontanoy - 95-98 Pomerol
This is a fantastic wine that really stood out while tasting through Moueix's portfolio. The dark red core gave way to a warm garnet rim accented by orange hues. Beautiful on the nose with aromas of caramel coated strawberries, cassis and a fresh wet slate minerality. Big strawberry fruit continues on the front of the palate, over full dark cassis and blackberry building with the bold and balanced tannins. As the wine leads in to the finish, darker notes of charcoal and toasty earth support the fruit long through the finish. It's a beauty! -Mike Supple

2006 Valandraud - 92-95 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Virecourt Pillebource - 84-86 Bordeaux Superieur
Dark core with a bright garnet rim. Bold fruit aromas surrounded by lighter spice notes. Nice mouthfeel with a medium finish. Good value wine. –Mike Supple

2006 Virginie de Valandraud - 90-93 St-Emilion
(Notes to come) -Mike Supple

2006 Yquem - 93-96 Sauternes
A rich bright gold core is surrounded by a vibrant almost bronze rim. Full bold tropical aromas of banana and pineapple are followed by creamy light hints of pine. The palate is very fresh and brings a nice pure expression of fruit. Not quite as deep and complex as the 2001, yet a very lush and compelling wine with an extremely long lingering finish. -Mike Supple