Burgundy 2006: vintage review - Top 25 wines

The 2006 vintage is classic for both red and white
Burgundy - neither out of the ordinary like 2003, nor
extraordinary like 2005. The whites at their best are
enormously pleasing.

It’s a drinker’s vintage - lightish, but also elegant,
expressive and fresh. Both reds and whites reflect terroir, and there’s real definition between the quality levels and crus. The hallmarks of the reds are fragrance, purity of fruit and soft, integrated tannins. The whites show style, freshness, with ripe, lucid fruit and a sweetish acidity - not firm exactly, but well balanced.

The vintage was difficult - a heatwave in July,
yield-reducing hailstorms, and then a cold, wet August conducive to rot (selective harvesting was key to avoiding mildew and hail taint).

September, though, saved the day. Warm and breezy, it allowed red grapes at least to ripen slowly and reach sugar levels approaching the concentrated 2005s. The whites rather rushed to maturity and those who picked early, before acidity levels dropped off, fared best. In the winery, judicious extraction was vital to avoid astringent results, and not everyone succeeded.

For reds, the Côte de Nuits seem the more reliable, with Vosne-Romanée standing out. Among the whites, Chassagne-Montrachet is the beautifully floral star.

Wine name Producer Country Region Vintage

Ruchottes-Chambertin, Domaine Armand Rousseau

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Griotte-Chambertin, Domaine Claude Dugat

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, les Amoureuses, Domaine Georges Roumier

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Richebourg, Domaine Anne Gros

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Romanee-Saint-Vivant, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Vosne-Romanee, Domaine Robert Arnoux

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, Aux Boudots, Domaine Jean Grivot

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Corton-les-Bressandes, Domaine Chandon de Briailles

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Pommard 1er Cru, Les Rugiens, Domaine de Courcel

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Volnay 1er Cru, les Caillerets, Domaine Michel Lafarge

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Nuits-Saint-Georges Blanc 1er Cru, Clos de l'Arlot, Domaine de l'Arlot

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine Chandon de Briailles

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Meursault 1er Cru, les Perrieres, Domaine Pierre Morey

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Chevalier-Montrachet, Domaine Leflaive

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, Champ Gain, Benoit Ente

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Saint-Aubin 1er Cru, En Remilly, Hubert Lamy

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, la Romanee, Domaine Richard Fontaine-Gagnard

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Chablis Grand Cru, les Clos, Pascal Bouchard

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Chablis Grand Cru, Valmur, Domaine Louis Moreau

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Chablis 1er Cru, Vaulorent, Jean-Marc Brocard

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Auxey-Duresses Blanc, Henri de Villamont

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Clos Pitois, Morgeot, Roger Belland

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Volnay 1er Cru, Clos des Chenes, Domaine Henre Delagrange

N/A N/A N/A 2006

Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru, Hauts Marconnets, Domaine Chanson

N/A N/A N/A 2006