The 2006 Rare has just been released landing in the USA this month. After tasting almost every year of Rare made this is without a doubt one of the best efforts ever. Sure the 2002 is an excellent bottle of bubbles and is drinking exceptionally well but the 2006 is wound, super intense, and structured. While it is just a baby still, the embedded material is exceptional. Richer with higher acidity, optimal ripeness and with the perfect dosage which they lowered for the 2006 rendition. Complex, nuanced, and all an around delicious version that lands in our top slot of all time for Rare.
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 94 points! "The 2006 Brut Cuvée Rare is a rich, gourmand rendition of this prestige bottling, unfurling in the glass with a complex bouquet that mingles aromas of yellow orchard fruit, pears and fresh pineapple with nuances of buttered toast, iodine and smoke. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and textural, while remaining fresh and surprisingly tight-knit at the core, concluding with a long and saline finish. There's sufficient structural tension here to promise more than a decade's graceful evolution, and although this is nicely balanced, it's a generous, sun kissed rendition of the Cuvée Rare that reflects the warm vintage. The blend is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir."