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Date: Monday, September 28, 2015


Time: 6 PM


Price: Members: $90
           Guests:  $120

          (includes appetizers)


Venue: Faculty Club, Univ. of Toronto,

         41 Willcocks Street
         Toronto, Ontario
         M5S 1C7  - 


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2006 Vintage – Celebrating 40 Years of Bordeaux Tastings!

MONDAY, September 28th, 2015


Guest Speaker: Michael Vaughn of Vintages Assessments


Notes on the Wines

How the Wines Were Ranked




The Club turned 40 years in June of 2015 and we’ve celebrated throughout the year.  TVC’s inaugural event was a tasting of Bordeaux wines in 1975 and we’ve hosted a Bordeaux event every year since then. 
The initial occasion cost $6.50 per person ($7 at the door). The average cost of the wines consumed that evening was $5.82. Mind you, they weren’t top Bordeaux by any means. The club served a Colona Sommet Rouge for $2.15 (it was once the world’s biggest selling wine) and the priciest was the 1966 Chateau Rauzan Segla at $17.70. A 1966 Rauzan Segla would set you back about $325 if purchased today and if you still want a Sommet Rouge, you’ll have to travel to BC to buy it where it sells for $6.50/litre. Oh we’ve come a long way baby!!!


What else happened in 1975? Britain chose its first women leader, Margaret Thatcher. The movie Jaws was released in June. Jimmy Hoffa, ex-teamsters’ boss, disappeared, never to be seen again. Canada’s population was 22.7 M, Pierre Trudeau was PM, the hourly wage was $6.40 and average family income was $50,208. Gas/litre was around 55 cents. The CN Tower was completed. The beaver become a national symbol. Ontario schools began using the metric system and seat belts became mandatory. First Canadian Place opened. Chart smashers were: A Love Song by Anne Murray; Bennie and Jets by Elton John and Dancing Machine by Jackson 5. LCBO was incorporated as a Crown Corporation and the drinking age was 18. Pet Rocks were introduced and sold for $3.95, making their creator a millionaire. Sony developed Betamax; Microsoft was founded; Kodak invented a digital camera. Colour TVs had been around in Canada for 9 years but Caller ID had not been invented. Self-service LCBO stores were becoming more common place (the first was introduced in ’69).


Fast forward to 2006. Stephen Harper was first elected PM in Canada and Google bought for $1.6 billion. Bordeaux weather was variable and when the grapes were harvested had a dramatic impact on the quality of the wine produced. Some picked in during beautifully sunny, dry weather, while others battled rains into September. Overall, however, the best 2006 reds were judged to be tannic and powerful, requiring cellaring. Certainly Robert Parker Jr. liked the wines we’ll be sampling when he tasted them several years ago. He rates each 90+ points. Will nine years from vintage be enough time to soften those tannins? We will find out!!


This September, please join us in celebrating our 40th annual Bordeaux tasting with the 2006 vintage. We have 2 Grand Cru Classé (GCC) wines and second (2e) to fifth (5e) growth wines mainly from the Left Bank. The average cost of the wines for this tasting is $79 (based on futures’ prices) compared to $6 in 1975! Sorry, we can’t offer you the same event price as in 1975 but founding members or members since 1975 – yes, there are a few of you - get in at half-price. We will send you a special promo code in a separate email. As well, we will have some special draws to commemorate our anniversary. TVC now provides a reception wine at the start of the evening, with light appetizers served after the wines have been tasted. Dress is business casual; please refrain from wearing scented products.



The Wines

2006 Chateau Malescot St. Exupery, Margaux, 3 e $69

While it is easy to lose sight of this wine, given the prodigious 2005 that was produced, this is another outstanding effort from an estate that has been doing everything right for some time. Notes of graphite, black currant liqueur, incense, and camphor make for a complex and intensely penetrating set of aromatics. Dark ruby/purple, medium to full-bodied, with superb concentration and moderate tannin, this is a beauty of finesse and substance that should be at its best between 2012 and 2024. 91+ pts, Robert M. Parker Jr. Feb 2009


2006 Chateau Clerc Milon, Paullac, 5 e $59

From the same stable as Mouton Rothschild and d’Armailhac, Clerc Milon, despite the relatively high percentage of Merlot (44%) combined with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Cabernet Franc, is dense, rich, tannic, and backward. Surprisingly muscular for this offering, which often exhibits a more precocious side, it offers up abundant amounts of creme brulee, chocolate, cedar, and black currants. This full-bodied Pauillac displays gorgeous purity and depth as well as moderately high tannins in the finish. Because of its freshness, structure, and density, it is reminiscent of a 1996 Medoc. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028. 91+ pts, Robert M. Parker Jr. Feb 2009


2006 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, 5 e $82

Grand-Puy-Lacoste has produced another classic wine with the creme de cassis fruit that I often find in both Mouton Rothschild and Pontet-Canet, yet both of those vineyards are closer to the Gironde River. This wine has a pure personality, with the aforementioned classic creme de cassis notes, medium to full body, beautiful density, purity, texture, and length. If anything, this recalls a hypothetical blend of their brilliant 1995 and 1996. Tannins are elevated, so patience will be required. This was Xavier Borie’s first vintage in his new state-of-the-art winemaking facility. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2027. 92 pts, Robert M. Parker Jr. Feb 2009


2006 Chateaur Domaine du Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan, GCC $64

The brilliant St.-Emilion-based consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt, is working his magic at this great vineyard in Leognan. The 2006 is a revelation of sweet, lush, black raspberry and black currant fruit intermixed with subtle notes of scorched earth and barbecue spices. Round, luscious, sexy, and exceptionally complex, the wine is dominated by that smoky minerality that comes from this area. It is the quintessentially elegant yet substantial Pessac-Leognan with class, complexity, and potential. Despite wanting to drink most of the bottle when I was tasting it, I know it will be even better with 2-4 years of bottle age, and should keep for two decades. 92 pts, Robert M. Parker Jr. Feb 2009


2006 Pavie Macquin, St. Emilion GCC $85

From a superbly situated on St.-Emilion’s plateau, 38-acre vineyard planted on primarily limestone and clay, this 2006 is meant for long-term aging. A combination of 80% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, it is a backward, brawny, muscular, long distance runner. Consumers lacking patience are advised to steer clear of this wine. Its dense purple color is followed by aromas of graphite, sweet cassis, pen ink, and charcoal. This powerful, dense, concentrated wine possesses high tannins and lots of structure. One of the more backward offerings from the right bank in 2006, it will not be close to drinkability for 8-10 years. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030. 92+ pts, Robert M. Parker Jr. Feb 2009


2006 Chateau Leoville Barton, St Julien, 2 e $99

Not surprisingly, this wine is closed, masculine, but super- rich, with a denser, more complete and full-bodied style than its sibling, Langoa Barton. Some toasty vanillin is apparent in the black currant aromas intermixed with tobacco leaf, cedar, and spice box. The wine is full-bodied and has a boatload of tannin, not unusual for this estate, as well as an impressively pure, long finish. Everything is here, but this wine, made with uncompromising vision, is meant to be cellared for an exceptionally long period of time. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035. 92-94 pts, Robert M. Parker Jr. Feb 2007


2006 Chateau Leoville Poyferré, St Julien 2 e $95

Dense ruby/purple, with sweet blackberry and black currant fruit with hints of smoke, espresso roast, and new saddle leather, this is another impressively endowed but tannic, backward style of wine. The concentration, brightness, and depth are all present, but I can't see it being even approachable in less than 5-7 years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. 91 pts, Robert M. Parker Jr. Feb 2009


2006 Branaire Ducru, St Julien, 4e $75

By no means comparable to their sensational 2005 or 2003, but still an outstanding wine, this singular St.-Julien always possesses notes of spring flowers, boysenberries, black currants, and graphite. The complex aromatics are followed by a medium-bodied, classic Bordeaux displaying a deep ruby/purple color as well as moderately high tannin. It needs 3-5 years of bottle age, and should last for two decades or more. 90 pts, Robert M. Parker Jr. Feb 2009


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How The Wines Were Ranked

Please check back after the tasting for the results.


Name of Wine (in order poured) Group Ranking Guest Ranking
A -
2006 Chateau Malescot St. Exupery, Margaux, 3 e $69
6 4
B -
2006 Chateaur Domaine du Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan, GCC $64
7 3
C -
2006 Pavie Macquin, St. Emilion GCC $85
2 6
D -
2006 Branaire Ducru, St Julien, 4e $75
8 8
E -
2006 Chateau Leoville Poyferré, St Julien 2 e $95
3 7
F -
2006 Chateau Leoville Barton, St Julien, 2 e $99
4 5
G -
2006 Chateau Clerc Milon, Paullac, 5 e $59
5 1
H -
2006 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, 5 e $82
1 2