70% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Carignan.
With an intense expression of Burlat sherry and its complex structure where both the Mourvèdre and Carignan bring their singular characters, this Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2006 is a wine we liked very much from the first taste. It will be fascinating to follow the evolution of this wine in bottle over the next decade.
"Vibrant, rich and well-balanced, delivering intense red plum, cherry and mineral flavors. There's plenty of peppery seasoning as well, along with a finish dominated by dark chocolate. This has the stuffing to age. Drink now through 2014."
"The Hecht & Bannier 2006 Cotes du Roussillon Villages smells of cedar, coconut (from a significant proportion of new wood), cherry, marjoram, and smoke. Stimulating hints of cherry pit bitterness along with smoke, herbal pungency, and graphite and crushed stone add to the dynamic impression conveyed by unusually fresh fruit, leading to a long, lip-smacking finish. While this ultimately lacks quite the richness or density of its 2005 counterpart, I imagine it will be well worth cellaring for at least 3-4 years, and it must be borne in mind that a track record is only beginning to accumulate for the maturation of Hecht & Bannier's fine wines.
The Wine Advocate