First impressions

A very early start (the 7.05 am Easyjet from Luton) meant we were at Rauzan-Ségla almost embarrassingly early, ready to taste.  John Kolasa and his team at négotiants Ulysse-Cazaubon put on an enviably complete tasting, which has given us a good early impression of the vintage.

Briefly, so as not to pre-empt the château tastings, it’s clearly a serious vintage.  Lots of very ripe fruit and lovely balancing acidity. I think the potential dangers are too much alcohol and perhaps too much oak but not, as in other years, over-extraction. The best wines will, as usual, be those that don’t deliver all their charms in one go. Less will definitely be more.

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