Bordeaux 2006: Comment dit-on “big problems” en francais?


After slamming the 2006 vintage last week saying it was “a great vintage for mushrooms and truffles, but less great for wine,” Jancis Robinson is back this week to sort through the rubble.

At the best properties there had been crucial work at the sorting tables, throwing away any split and rotten grapes as well as those which were most obviously underripe.

Wow. Triage tables. Sorting the wounded. Here were the survivors, per Jancis (full story):

Whites: Climens, Haut-Brion Blanc, Laville Haut-Brion, Pavillon Blanc de Château Margaux, Yquem

Left bank reds: Cos d’Estournel, Grand Puy Lacoste, Haut-Brion, Lafite, Latour, Léoville Barton, Léoville Las Cases, Margaux, Palmer

Right bank reds: Angélus, Arrosée, Conseillante, Evangile, Le Pin, Tertre Roteboeuf, Vieux Château Certan, Eglise Clinet, Lafleur, La Fleur Pétrus, Providence


Bernardotte, Bahans Haut-Brion, Clos du Clocher, Grand Puy Lacoste, Haut Bages Libéral, Phélan Segur, La Tour Carnet

Back in London, the wine retailer Berry Bros & Rudd threatens to take a pass on large chunks of the 2006 vintage. “Having tasted the vintage I am convinced that 06 is not as good as 05 or possibly even 04,” Simon Staples told the Telegraph. “We will have no qualms about walking away from even the most illustrious châteaux if they do not offer good value.”

Related: “St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe, suspended!” [Dr. V]
Bordeaux 2002: undervalued” [Dr. V]

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2 Responses to “Bordeaux 2006: Comment dit-on “big problems” en francais?”

  1. […] Bordeaux sighs in relief After getting damned and slammed by Jancis Robinson, Bordeaux catches a break from Robert Parker for the 2006 vintage. He hails it as “superior to 2004.” The Medoc lives to see another day, St. Emilion can raise their head in public but Pomerol is the belle of the ball since the wines from there are “excellent across the board.” Dry white Bordeaux bounces back from irrelevancy as the Parkermeister joins J Ro in praising the wines this vintage. But RP only hands out three potential top scores, to Mouton Rothschild, La Mission Haut Brion, and Bellevue Mondotte of St. Emilion. Needless to say, none of those were on the Jancis short list. […]

  2. Bordeaux = Bordèu in gascony …
    so “big problems” we write “problèmas polits, bèths, gròses, granàs, grans” as u like in the language that the frenchies displease in París.
    When the gascon from Bordèu will act as occitans they will be up for wine, the best in world.
    This part of Occitània is one of the most famous [famós in occitan] in the world, but the culture that build this wine is not the french one, it’s the occitan one.
    This language, i speak about, have been official until the frenchies arms arrival in 1470 (for law), in 1453 for the army. It has been official as the latin language was.
    Please try to read Montaigne or Montesquieu and you will find “gasconism” in the “french” text, a text to explain to frenchies power in town.


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