2006 DRC Montrachet
The nose announces toast, butterscotch and citronella notes. On the palate this white is immediate and vibrant, with lime, peach and mineral flavors, both expressive and seductive. Last year, I gave the 2005 Montrachet a perfect 100-point score, and the 2006 is more open and appealing at this stage, showing less of the intense mineral character of its predecessor. Read more
The nose announces toast, butterscotch and citronella notes. On the palate this white is immediate and vibrant, with lime, peach and mineral flavors, both expressive and seductive. Last year, I gave the 2005 Montrachet a perfect 100-point score, and the 2006 is more open and appealing at this stage, showing less of the intense mineral character of its predecessor.
Aubert de Villaine and his team harvested their 2006 Montrachet on September 26, and it was bottled (as a single assemblage) at the end of 2007. High-toned peach, lemon oil, musk, and floral aromas mark the penetrating, ethereal nose. Smoky, peach kernel pungency weaves its way through nutty, peachy richness on the palate. Less obviously dense, rich and sappy than the extraordinary 2005, this 2006 for all of its sheer viscosity and ripeness, displays a dynamic, almost shimmering sense of fruit and mineral interplay. Intriguingly, in my initial -- November, 2007 tasting -- this effect was more pronounced from a barrel that had been rolled to disburse the lees than in one that had undergone conventional batonnage. The youthful 2006 reflects its new wood environment in a way that the 2005 -- at similar stages in its evolution -- did not. There is no lack here of the mystery that should be expected from one of the world’s most fabled and expensive wines, not just in the paradox of viscosity, richness and power combined with elegance, lift, and refinement; but also in nuances that left me groping the lexicon for animal or mineral descriptors.
- Producer: Domaine de la Romanée Conti
- Varietal: White blend
- Region: Burgundy
- Alcohol: 14.0%
- Net volume: 750ml
- Vintage: 2006
Style GuideDry Sweet
International Marketplace Product: Estimated dispatch from Sydney warehouse: March 31st, 2024
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