Domaine du Comte Liger Belair   Vosne Romanee la Colombiere

2006 Vosne Romanee la Colombiere

By Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

2006 Vosne Romanee la Colombiere from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

The 2006 Vosne Romanee la Colombiere from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair reveals the beguiling alchemy between a distinguished terroir and the vigneron's deft touch. The 2006 vintage arises from a year that issued winegrowers with a kaleidoscope of climatic challenges, culminating in a harvest that swung deftly between dramatics and divinity.


Rewriting the Script: The Stage of 2006

In Burgundy, the season's theatrics played out with a cool, tentative spring followed by a summer’s matinée that lacked conviction. Yet, as if in dramatic crescendo, an eleventh-hour rally brought warmth and sunshine, elegantly escorting the Pinot Noir grapes at Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair to their sophisticated zenith.


Refined Elegance Defined

The 2006 Vosne Romanee la Colombiere exemplifies how meticulous care in the vineyard can oblige even temperamental vintages to yield wines of grace. The wine unfurls with aromas of ripe cherries and blackberries ensconced in whispers of truffle and spice, courtesy of its dignified lineage within the precincts of Vosne-Romanée. On the palate, one immediately recognizes it as consummate, with vitality underpinning its delicate tannic structure.

An exemplary investment for enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike, this offering from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair fuses pedigree with rarity. However, it is more than just an asset; it is a narrative in a bottle. One sip speaks volumes of its resilience and potential—a compelling proposition for savvy investors seeking both palate pleasure and portfolio prestige.


Narratives of Vinous Resilience

Intended for those who appreciate viniculture's nuanced dance with nature, the 2006 Vosne Romanee la Colombiere from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair is an articulate testament to the vintage’s idiosyncrasies. Amid its structured layers lies a treasure trove of complexity—a constellation of sensorial experiences waiting to be deciphered by those astute enough to recognise its worth within the world of fine wine investment.

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From ancient vines situated in the village and just below the Liger-Belair chateau, their 2006 Vosne Romanee Les Colombiere smells evocatively of floral and herbal distillates along with smoked meat and game. Silken in texture, glycerin-rich, and possessed of expansive inner-mouth perfumed, this is one of those buoyant, gentle, practically delicate 2006s that seem to glide off into a long, soothing finish, accompanied by a mouth-watering, subtly soy-like savor. It should remain a delight over at least the next 4-5 years. Louis-Michel Liger-Belair reported higher potential alcohol levels this year than in 2005, but also maintains that the nature of the ambient yeasts in 2006 accounted for a thankfully inefficient conversion, so that finished alcohols were not noticeably higher. Triage in his cellars, he maintains, was and will in future vintages remain "two to three percent," thanks to restriction of yields and meticulous vine management. Liger-Belair remains a proponent of gentle extraction but high levels of new wood. What I misleadingly announced in issue 170 as "a new negociant side of the business" is in fact an arrangement whereby Liger-Belair himself farms around 15 acres that had previously been tended by a grower who once enjoyed a share-cropping arrangement with Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair (during the long period when their wines were pledged to Bouchard). Half of the acreage in question yields Bourgogne and is genuinely sold as a negociant project, but the rest will be treated to the domaine's vine-papering, biodynamic regimen, including the horse plowing of whose revival they were among the earliest and most conspicuous proponents. Liger-Belair reminds me, however, that it will take time for the effect of this attention to be felt. Beginning with this vintage also, all of the Liger-Belair monopole La Romanee and all of their Vosne Reignots are estate-bottled, none being sold any longer to Bouchard. A Becky Wasserman Selection (various importers), Le Serbet; fax 011-333-80-24-29-70

David Schildknecht - The Wine Advocate, 21 December 2009

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