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The 2006 red Burdgundies, which were fruity and lush when released, seem to be shutting down and their tannins are becoming more pronounced. This was certainly the case with a bottle of 2006 Joseph Voillot, Volnay, Vieilles Vignes that I drank at a lunch over Memorial Day weekend. I tasted this wine out of barrel and when it first arrived in the U.S., and it had been very open. On this occasion, the wine’s structure was very firm and the fruit not as sweet. It was very good, but  not as enjoyable as in the past. I have a feeling that the 2006’s in general are becoming less approachable.

Domaine Tempier makes several different cuvees from their vineyards in Bandol and a good friend brought a bottle of the 2000 Cuvee Classic to the lunch. The wine, which is 75% Mouvedre with Carignan, Grenache and Cinsault, was very dark and young in appearance. Black fruits and earth came through on the nose and the wine was full-bodied on the palate. While impressive, this nine year old wine was not showing many secondary flavors. Bandol is one of the most overlooked great wine regions in France and this bottle illustrated the aging potential of its wines. I would love to try this bottle again at age 20.

 


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