2006 Bordeaux

Did Reignac Reign Superior?

Did Reignac Reign Superior?

Post by Chuck Hayward | November 19th, 2010

With the 2010 harvest just completed in Bordeaux, chateau and estate owners are back on the road introducing themselves to new clients/ markets and revisiting those who have supported their wines in the past. Yet the nature of how Bordeaux is sold means the Bordelais do not visit here as often as winemakers from other countries. Some six to nine months after the harvest, many chateaux sell their wines to negociants, who then sell it to US importers. At that point, the chateau no longer owns the wine, so the responsibilities for promotion and education have been left to the importers or the Bordeaux trade association by default.

Yves Vatelot (c) talks with JJ Buckley employees Jeff Loo (l) & Farley Walker (r)

Today, however, most of the traditional Bordeaux importers are no longer participating in the market.  Now that retailers are going directly to the negociants in France, some chateau owners realize that it will be up to them to reacquaint loyal followers of past vintages while introducing their wines to new customers. Following JJ Buckley’s visit to the en primeur tastings last spring, the staff wanted to ensure our customers had the opportunity to meet important winemakers and owners in Bordeaux. And we could think of no better way to start than with Yves Vatelot of Chateau Reignac, one of the most charismatic owners we encountered during our visit. (more…)

Alsace Day 6 – 09 June 2007

by Mike Supple

Domaine Weinbach

This is our last full day of the trip. Time to taste through the whole line-up at Weinbach, eat a home-cooked lunch, traipse through the vineyards, gorge ourselves on one final dinner, and then fly back across land, sea, and land to get back to the daily grind.


We enter the cool cellar in the morning, ready to taste through the line. The aromas of wet earth, aged oak and new wine greet us as we pass through the heavy wooden doors. Once our eyes adjust to the light, we step up to the tasting table, waiting with rows of freshly bottle barrel samples and hand-blown Riedel stemware.

Laurence gladly explains each of the wines to us on camera as we taste through them. To see our videos, click here: Laurence Faller of Domaine Weinbach.

2006 Sylvaner Reserve
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2006 Pinot Blanc Reserve
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2006 Muscat Reserve
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2006 Riesling Reserve Personelle
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2006 Riesling Cuvee Theo
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2006 Riesilng Grand Cru Schlossberg
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2006 Riesling Cuvee Ste Catherine
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2006 Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg Cuvee Ste Catherine
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2006 Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg Cuvee Ste Catherine l’Inedit
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2006 Pinot Gris Cuvee Ste Catherine
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2006 Pinot Gris Cuvee Laurence
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2006 Pinot Gris Altenbourg
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2006 Gewurztraminer Reserve Personnelle
Very aromatic, floral and spicy nose. Rose petals and carnations over fresh ginger and a touch of ripe kiwi. On the palate the body is rich and lush, without getting overly dense. Honeydew melon and notes of golden pears are supported by a nice backbone of minerality that lingers long into the finish. -Mike Supple

2006 Gewurztraminer Cuvee Theo
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2006 Gewurztraminer Cuvee Laurence
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2006 Gewurztraminer Altenbourg
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2006 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Furstentum
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2005 Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg Vendanges Tardives
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2005 Pinot Gris Altenbourg Vendanges Tardives
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2005 Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2005 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Furstentum Vendanges Tardives
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2005 Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Selection de Grains Nobles
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2005 Pinot Gris Altenbourg Selection de Grains Nobles
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2005 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Mambourg Selection de Grains Nobles
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2005 Pinot Gris Altenbourg Quintessence de Grains Nobles
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

2005 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Mambourg Quintessence de Grains Nobles
(Tasting notes to come.) -Mike Supple

Following the marathon tasting (and WOW this are some amazing wines – the ripeness of 2006 combined with high acidity will make for some incredibly long lived beauties) we gather in the kitchen for lunch that is prepared by the Faller women: Colette, and her two daughters Catherine and Laurence. The meal is a deliciously classic Alsatian meal.

Wines:
2001 Weinbach Muscat Reserve (still amazingly fresh for a 2001)
1993 Weinbach Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg
2005 Weinbach Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg Cuvee Ste Catherine
2004 Weinbach Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Furstentum Cuvee Laurence
2004 Weinbach Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg Vendanges Tardives Trie Speciale

Meal:
Tarte Flambe (fromage blanc, sour cream, carmelized onions and bacon on flatbread)

Coq au Riesling (roast chicken in a riesling, butter and mushroom sauce over pasta)
Fromages (Comte aged 36 months, Roquefort)
Fresh strawberries soaked in Riesling Vendanges Tardives

Rather than slip into a food and wine coma after lunch, we decide to brave the hot sun, pile into a pick-up and head up into the vineyards on the Schloss.

Laurence Faller and Shaun Bishop in the vineyard

The view from the top of the hill is absolutely breathtaking. The vineyard is coming along very well.

Pinot Gris – At this point in the season, the grapes are about 2 weeks ahead of “normal” schedule.

The final evening of our trip is a dinner held at the famous Restaurant Chambard in Kaysersberg. Once again the Faller family treats us to a feast paired beautifully with a selection of their wines.

Wine:
2005 Weinbach Riesling Cuvee Theo
2003 Weinbach Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Vendanges Tardives
2005 Weinbach Pinot Gris Cuvee Ste Catherine
2001 Weinbach Gewurztraminer Altenbourg Vendanges Tardives
2004 Weinbach Riesling Altenbourg Seleciton de Grains Nobles

Meal:
-Amuse Bouche: Tomato and strawberry gazpacho
-Amuse Bouche: Mouse de foie gras with coffee and chocolate nibs
-Le foie gras d’aie roti en escalope au miel de bruyere de calune
-un jeune lapin farci comme un lievre a la royale
-Fromages: Munster, Brin d’amour, Roquefort, Comte
-Dessert: Strawberry Mille Feuille
-Post Dessert: Apricot macaroons, chilled red fruit soup with mint coulis, chocolate covered frozen cocnut milk
-Digestifs: Eau de vie trio – Basil, Ginger, Kirsch

Strawberry Mille Feuille

A very hearty Thank You to the whole Faller family for welcoming us in to their house and treating us like such special guests for the whole weekend!

Chateau Le Gay – Jean-Christophe Meyrou Interview

Jean-Christophe Meyrou of Chateau Le Gay takes us on a tour around the vineyard, pointing out their famous neighbors, then what makes Chateau Le Gay and Pomerol so great.

Anthony Barton Interview – Leoville Barton

Anthony Barton, owner of Leoville Barton in St-Julien gives us his impressions of the 2006 vintage in Bordeaux.

Fleur Cardinale

Watch an interview with Dominique Decosters (owner and wine maker at Chateau Fleur Cardinale) as he explains how through soil composition, vineyard management, and winemaking techniques, he is able to make such an outstanding wine.

Updated 2006 Tasting Notes

I have added several dozen more tasting notes on 4-27-07. To see the entire collection, click here: 2006 Tasting Notes.

Video Tasting Notes!

New Video TNs added 6/20/07!

Over the next week or so we will be uploading many video tasting notes, showing our first impressions of many great 2006 wines. As these are all first impressions, I am writing notes as I taste, and the written installments can all be found in the other tasting notes section.

Below is just a sample of what’s to come. Enjoy!

2006 Aiguilhe, Cotes de Castillon

2006 Angelus, St-Emilion

2006 Armailhac, Pauillac

2006 Beau-Sejour-Becot, St-Emilion

2006 Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse), St-Emilion

2006 Bellevue, St-Emilion

2006 Branaire Ducru, St-Julien

2006 Brane Cantenac, Margaux

2006 Calon Segur, St-Estephe

2006 Cantenac Brown, Margaux

2006 Cap de Faugeres, Cotes de Castillon

2006 Clerc Milon, Pauillac

2006 Clos de l’Oratoire, St-Emilion

2006 Clos Fourtet, St-Emilion

2006 Clos Puy Arnaud, Cotes de Castillon

2006 Coutet, Sauternes

2006 Destieux, St-Emilion

2006 Doisy Daene, Sauternes

2006 Doisy-Vedrines, Sauternes

2006 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Pessac Leognan

2006 Faugeres, St-Emilion

2006 Figeac, St-Emilion

2006 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion

2006 Fombrauge, St-Emilion

2006 Gloria, St-Julien

2006 Grand-Puy-Ducasse, Pauillac

2006 Guiraud, Sauternes

2006 Issan, Margaux

2006 Joanin Becot, Cotes de Castillon

2006 La Conseillante, Pomerol

2006 La Cour d’Argent, Bordeaux

2006 La Gaffeliere, St-Emilion

2006 La Tour Blanche, Sauternes

2006 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes

2006 Larcis Ducasse, St-Emilion

2006 Lascombes, Margaux

2006 Le Gay, Pomerol

2006 Leoville Barton, St-Julien

2006 Leoville Poyferre, St-Julien

2006 Lynch Bages, Pauillac

2006 Monbousquet, St-Emilion

2006 Montrose, St-Estephe

2006 Pape Clement, Pessac Leognan

2006 Pape Clement Blanc, Pessac Leognan

2006 Pavie, St-Emilion

2006 Prieure Lichine, Margaux

2006 Quinault l’Enclos, St-Emilion

2006 Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac Leognan

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