St. Julien, Pauillac and St. Estephe
Just to round off the Bordeaux tastings, my last chunk was the tasting of some of the top wines from St. Julien, Pauillac and St. Estèphe, not to mention a few Médocs, Listracs and Mouilis classed growths. Of the minor appellations, Camensac stood out – a lot of money has been spent here over the last 5 years or so to bring it back to its classed growth status. Lamarque was pretty good kit, too.
In St. Julien, Branaire Ducru got my top mark as did Léoville Poyferré, with Beycheville, Gruard Larose and Léovilles Barton not far behind.
St Estèphes were notably much more supple than usual with high scores from de Pez, Ormwes de Pez and Lafon Rochet as well as the ubiquitous Montrose.
To sum up, there are going to be some stunning 2010 wines, some of which will need very long keeping – but the vintage is certainly going to be more variable than the excellent all round 2009. Of course – a close watch will need to be made on prices – I will be as ever, looking out for value for money and reporting early on this to the Bacchanalians.