The 2006 vintage of this old favorite has reached the shelves...and at the same low price--$6.99. I like drinking wines like this one and Grand Prieur Cotes du Rhone as early as possible because they give a good foreshadowing of what the more serious wines of the vintage may eventually become.
My initial impression of the 2006 LVF is that it's a bit lighter in color and a bit less effusive than the 2005 was a year ago. Compared to the 2005, it has more spice, pepper and floral scents, more red than black/blue fruits. It's more subdued and subtle but very good.
On the first night, I decided that I like the 2005 a shade more. But after sitting on the shelf for two days (without even having the air pumped out by Vacu-Vin), this wine improved immensely. It seems to have taken on weight, body and richness with the benefit of two days of aeration. It's ripe, full bodied and delightful. I am looking forward to many happy occasions with this wine. But I still have a few bottles of the 2005 and it is drinking beautifully.