The Right Bank

We have crossed the river and started the morning with Cheval Blanc and Ausone, followed by the generic tastings in St-Emilion and Pomerol. Wines with higher proportions of Cabernets, those that have managed to retain freshness by not harvesting too late and those that have followed a route of gentle extraction showed best. Cheval Blanc was particularly fine with real poise and so much promise.

This is undoubtedly a vintage which will provide good buys across all appellations and price points. Pomerol seems to have the edge on St-Emilion where results were more mixed – in such a ripe vintage, high alcohol levels can extract bitter oak flavours and dry tannin, adding to the already considerable levels. Having said that, the best wines have a freshness and complexity which, married with sweet, mouth coating tannin, will make for greatness.

Later we visited Vieux-Château-Certan, Pétrus, Le Pin and Evangile, all true to their terroir. This was one of the best afternoon’s tastings I have ever experienced! VCC is already building a reputation as one of the wines of the vintage and, along with l’Evangile, will be a must-buy for serious Pomerol fans.

Our final day begins at 8am tomorrow in Pessac. It’s an early start, but then it is at Haut-Brion! It should be fascinating to see if the Graves can combine the best of both Banks.

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