A long winter and a favourable spring helped a fast flowering, suggesting homogenous fruits. The drought of July, as a chilly August weather, just slowed down the maturity, helping a rich constitution of grapes. In September and October, the harvest took place at the usual time and in fine conditions.
The temperatures of August helped to obtain beautiful tannins of the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Moreover the Indian summer brought an optimal maturity. The last days of September have particularly improved the Cabernet Sauvignon, which is the backbone of this vintage. The harvest was done from the 13th of September until the 6th of October.
Period of harvest
From September 13th to October 6th, 2006
54% Cabernet Sauvignon
4% Petit Verdot
The Wine Advocate by Robert Parker – 87 pts (2009/02)
« Earthy, leathery, wood smoke, sweet cherry, and red currant characteristics are found in this 2006, along with fresh acids and plenty of spice. Consume this dark ruby/purple-tinged, medium-bodied Pessac-Leognan over the next decade. »
Wine Spectator – 88 pts (2009/03)
« Shows mineral, tobacco and dark cherry aromas. Full and fruity, with mineral and blueberry flavors, medium tannins and a stony finish. Slightly hollow, but should fill in nicely with bottle age. Very true to its appellation. Best after 2012.»
Between 16°C and 18°C