Just a ‘test’ to see how my 2006s are holding. My original note for this wine (below) is from October last year, so here is an 8/9 months-on update:
The wine needs at least 30 minutes to resemble the previous bottle, but slowly those lovely violet aromas come through. In the mouth it has another flavour component – that of licorice, the bitter edge to the tannin is already lost. Still open, and currently delivering even more pleasure than on release…
2006 des Varoilles, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos des Varoilles
A slight update to the label for this vintage. Only just a little more than medium colour. Wide, quite high-toned floral, violet aromatics, underneath a more cherry-type fruit. The palate is soft, slightly fat and shows good fruit that’s edged with a little bitter chocolate / coffee. A reasonable amount of decently grained tannin – perhaps not 100% ripe given a trace of bitterness, but tannin fades. Good acidity and a very nice burst of interest in the mid-palate. Drunk over 3 days it was just a little better each day and the only thing lost was that bitter edge to the tannin. A very nice 2006.
Rebuy – Yes