Pommery Grand Cru Vintage 2006
A year like 2006 had to be showcased by a Vintage, because after 2003, which had been marked by scorching heat, the month of July led us to believe that we would be faced again with the same effects. Even if July was the hottest month ever recorded in Champagne, the month of August put minds at rest with its cool temperatures and its gloomy weather. We had to wait for the weeks which preceded and accompanied the harvest to see the good weather appear allowing us to harvest the grapes with a very high quality level.
The Grands Crus selected by Pommery enjoy exceptional locations in vineyards of the Champagne region: their south–south-east exposure ensures maximum sunlight and their cultivation in the middle of hill slopes in rich chalky Champagne terrain guarantees excellent irrigation of the foot of the vines.
An exclusive range of only 7 Grands Crus. Long maturing in chalk cellars: The Brut Millésimé Grand Cru has to be left to mature for over 4 years at a depth of 30 metres in the chalk cellars of the Domaine Pommery to allow its fullness to unfold.
The Grand Cru Vintage 2006 presents itself with a very light colour made of golden yellow and nice greenish reflections. All the fineness of the effervescence expresses itself in the glass providing the wine with joy, dynamism and passion for life. When moving the glass closer to the nose, we discover all at once a multitude of aromas linked by a common thread: minerality. Around this minerality, notes of citrus fruits are the first to emerge, followed by a rather mature lemon; then aromas of white fruits and Southern spices express themselves and impart the wine with all its richness.
On the palate, it is made of uprightness and length. The minerality already perceived by the nose becomes the spine of the wine which transmits length, fineness and elegance. Gently, the pinot noir, which had been discreet so far, reveals itself with nice notes of red berries, like wild strawberries picked at perfect maturity. During the final, this wine, which has been created thanks to the nobleness of the grand crus terroirs used, expresses itself through both its elegance and its complexity as well as its length and delicacy on the palate. It will be possible to appreciate it as an aperitif accompanied by some raw vegetables, just as it can be enjoyed with a pan‐fried sole and even a trout with almonds. With the energy it contains, it will be possible to appreciate it for many years.
The Finer Details
Style - Champagne
Varietal - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Country - France
Region - Champagne
Vintage - 2006
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 13.5%