Region 'Red Burgundy' - Year 2006
|keep||Wines have good fruit purity and freshness, but lack the ripeness of better years. Serious wines may be worth keeping for a bit but also may be relatively precocious.|
A cold, wet winter and spring - resulting in a late but even flowering and lots of foliage - was followed by record heat in July (beating even 2003). By August, the vines were ahead of the average schedule by about three weeks but cool, wet weather slowed maturation down considerably and led to boytritis, particularly in the Côte de Beaune. September was clear, warm and dry; a bit of rain in the midst of harvest was not as significant in affecting the quality of the grapes as the humidity in August.
A patchy vintage; wine from the Côte de Nuits will be more consistent, and the best producers may have made some excellent wines. The Côte de Beaune will prove more troublesome, even with careful selection.