An absolute record : a vintage starting on the 8th of September!
WEATHER DURING THE GROWING SEASON
The spring of 2006 was dry, with alternating cold and warm temperatures. Although bud break was late, perfect flowering in early June made up for lost time and led to rapid growth.
Three weeks of extremely hot weather in July sped up ripening, but things slowed down significantly in August.
The second half of the summer was less sunny and much cooler than average, but temperatures warmed up again in the first ten days of September, with an average maximum of 31° C.
The first wave of picking began on the 8th of September. Up until the 12th, pickers harvested superb, concentrated grapes, although they needed to discard some bunches with dreaded sour rot caused by fruit flies. On the 21st of September, another wave of picking was attempted, but without success. It was thus necessary to wait… Thankfully, the sunshine quickly returned, as did very mild temperatures. Noble rot then picked up again beautifully - as did the fruit flies! An enormous quantity of grapes had to be thrown away to ensure quality. The third and fourth waves of picking took place from the 27th of September to the 2nd of October. The quality of grapes affected by noble rot was splendid, even though more than half of the remaining crop was ruined by sour rot and had to be sacrificed. This was definitely a “year of the winemaker” in which experience made all the difference !
Production area: 14, 3680 ha Harvest: 4 successive manual selections Fermentation period : 3 to 5 weeks, in barrel, by indigenous le- vures Production: 12 000 bottles Vinification: 100% barrel aged from one to two years Duration of maturation: 30 months
NOTES ET CRITIQUES DÉGUSTATION>
"Beautiful deep gold. The nose is a bit tight and opens on freshness, resinous notes, chanterelles and fresh scents of undergrowth. Candied orange, candied fruits come next before quince, dried fig, encaustic, wax and a little saffron reminder. The robust mouth, is par- fectly supported by a beautiful acidity. The flavors combine the flowers a little jasmine with the fruits, apple and pear, plum, prune, bitter orange. Then the candied fruits, the honey of lime tree, the quince paste, the wax and the caramel prolong this dense and tight mouth. The finish is straight and taut, almost reaching for minerality. "Château de Fargues - 2017
« This is big, powerful and intense, with loads of ripe fruit and spice character. Full-bodied, racy, very sweet and long. Complex, layered and fantastic, showing ginger spice. Really stands out. Excellent. »James Suckling – Wine Spectator – 04/04/2007
"Refined and very elegant, with notes of yellow fruit paste and candied orange peel on the palate. The finish is aromatically complex, marked by a welcome and refreshing bitter touch."La Revue du Vin de France – 01/06/2007
"[...] the wine is rich in liquor, perfectly roasted, long, classic, worthy of previous great vintages. "Bettane & Desseauve - Tast Pro - 30/04/2007