I was very surprised that Louis-Michel served the Reignots ahead of the Brûlées, as the beautiful Reignots here has long been one of the flagship wines in the Liger-Belair stables, even back when Bouchard Père et Fils was making the wines. The 2006 Reignots is stellar, as it offers up a beautiful nose of black cherries, plums, dark chocolate, vinesmoke, duck, minerals and a fine framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is fullish, long, pure and tangy, with great refinement, a rock solid core of fruit, great nascent complexity and a very long, ripely tannic and bouncy finish.
Good bright red-ruby. Pure, showy aromas of wild dark berries, espresso and violet. Conveys a powerful impression of energy, elegance and power, with superb intensity to the black fruit, spice and mineral flavors. Impressively vibrant on the aftertaste if a bit youthfully brutal today, with late-emerging notes of bitter chocolate and meat. This will need seven or eight years in the cellar. A splendid premier cru.