International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94($2; 300) Pale gold. Slightly exotic aromas of butterscotch, smoke and honey, all lifted by powerful minerality. Fat, superrich and sweet, with great solidity and fullness to the stone fruit, butterscotch, saline and mineral flavors. Following the red wines here-and the Leroy Corton-Charlemagne I tasted earlier the same morning-this verged on heavy (perhaps the effect of about 10% noble rot), but this big boy has enough energy to maintain freshness as it burns off some of its baby fat over the next decade or so.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: March/April 2009
Burghound | Rating: 96As it was originally from cask, the 2006 Montrachet remains relatively discreet with almost shy white flower, grapefruit, mildly exotic orchard fruit and subtle spice notes trimmed in just the right amount of wood that lead to beautifully textured, pure, intense and focused big-bodied flavors wrapped around a firm acid spine and culminating in a wonderfully racy, dry, linear and mineral-driven finish. This is one of the more elegant and sophisticated vintages for this wine (much more so than the 2005 though it's not as big, rich and dramatic) and it's likely to be more of a Montrachet of finesse rather than overt muscle. I quite like this because even though it's ripe, there is a very firm acid skeleton that should allow the '06 Montrachet to age for a very long time though be at its peak in a decade.Author: Allen MeadowsIssue: 3rd Quarter, 2009
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96Aubert 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.Author: David Schildknecht
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96The 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.Author: Bruce Sanderson
Self | Rating:Drink Dates: 2016+Author: blacktruffle
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) is Burgundy's most famous estate, producing all grand cru wines from 25 hectares of vines. The wines are made in extremely limited quantities and generate some of the highest prices on the market. DRC produces the grands crus Romanée-Conti, La Tâche, Richebourg, Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Grands Échezeaux, Échezeaux, and Montrachet, of which both Romanée Conti and La Tâche are monopoles.
Co-proprietor Aubert de Villaine has farmed the vineyards organically since 1986 and has adhered to traditional, natural winemaking practices. Only natural yeasts are used, and aging is done in 100% new oak. The wines are characterized by finesse, balance, and refinement. They clearly reflect a sense of place and have the ability to age while increasing in both character and value.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 139 bottles owned
- 34 collectors