With 2007 Bordeaux looking like a bit of damp squib (in every sense) and the price of the better 2005 Bordeaux wines prohibitive for many, we thought it would be worthwhile taking a look at the vintage sandwiched between them.

Given current exchange rates, many popular wines from 2006 are currently available at or below the original ex-negociant cost. Neal Martin is the only critic to have tasted the vintage twice and many wines have achieved upgrades (NM: April '07, NM2: February '08). Is the vintage a potential sleeper? We have highlighted some interesting possibilities below. All prices are in GBP for 12-bottle cases in-bond.

 

  Wine RP WS JR NM1 NM2 Release (£) Current (£)
  Calon Segur 90-93 92-94 17.5 94-96 95-96 305 350
  Domaine De Chevalier 90-92 89-91 17.5 89-91   235 235
  Ducru Beaucaillou 94-96 92-94 17+ 91-93   785 730
  Grand Puy Lacoste 90-92 89-91 18 94-96 94-96 315 300
  Haut Bailly 91-94 92-94 16.5 93-95 90-92+ 340 360
  Lafite Rothschild 91-94 92-94 18.5 95-97   3,050 3,600
  Lagrange St Julien 91-94 89-91 16.5 93-95 93-95 235 225
  Leoville Poyferre 91-93 89-91 17 91-93 92-94 360 345
  Lynch Bages 91-93 92-94 17 92-94   380 460
  Mission 96-100 95-100 17.5 92-94 94-96 3,115 4,000
  Mouton Rothschild 96-100 95-100 17.5+ 93-95   3,050 4,700
  Ormes de Pez   85-88   88-90 92-94 160 180
  Pontet Canet 93-95 92-94 16.5 94-96 93-95 405 400
  Rauzan Segla 90-93 92-94 17+ 91-93 92-94 390 410
  Vieux Chateau Certan 94-96 95-100 18.5 95-97   850 1,110