Cool and mineral on the nose. Sweet red fruit, very crisp acidity but softer tannins than many. Elegant and fresh and a welcome change in this appellation. A Stéphane Derenoncourt wine. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016
Robert Parker 85
Following the superb 2005 La Bienfaisance, the 2006 is a disappointment. It is a spicy, earthy effort with a hard, angular personality, austere tannins, and not enough concentrated fruit to balance out the enormous structure. It is a candidate for drying out.