More notes on the 2010s
Tasted Graves/Péssac-Légnon and St. Emilion/Pomerol. Certainly the right bank wines are more consistent than those of the left bank. Some of the Graves were really quite green and others were a little over extracted. Some, however did manage to achieve remarkable balance and finesse. Top of the tree for me here were Domaine de Chevalier, Larrivet Haut Brion, Carmes Haut Brion, Malartic Lagravière and Pape Clément. Whites were pretty good too and more consistent There is a lot of natural acidity in the whites due to the long growing season and this will make them wines to keep. Best of the bunch here – Domaine de Chevalier, Fieuzal,, France, Larrivet Haut Brion and Smith Haut-Lafitte.
Right bank wines kicked off with a remarkable offering at Cheval Blanc. I gave 5 stars to Petit Cheval, so the first wine was decidedly hors combat. An amazing wine which no doubt will be offered at an amazing price. And La Tour de Pin was not far behind either.
There were few duds at the general St. Emilion and Pomerol tasting either. Most impressive for me were Canon la Gaffelière, Dassault, Figeac, Clos Fourtet, La Gaffelière, La Tour Figeac, Larmande, Troplong Mondot, Clinet,La Conseillante and Petit-Villlages. These are great wines with wonderful balance between the fruit and acidity – pretty alcoholic, too, but as usual you don’t feel the alcohol because of the balance.
So far so good. Now off to enjoy a bit of sunshine!