A brilliant first day

We are as usual enjoying the kind hospitality of Caronne Ste Gemme during the Medoc portion of our en primeur tasting. The mist burned off this morning to reveal a delightful sunny day, and we were entertained by hares nibbling the new buds in the vineyard.

Aiming high the day started at Chateau Margaux where Paul Pontallier was on good form, and the wines were superb. with silky tannins and refreshing acidity masking a massive concentration. As well as the ‘grand vin’ Paul proudly showed us his “best ever” Pavillon Rouge, which has been beefed up in quality with increased selection (the remnants of which will be made into a yet-to-be-named third wine).

From there it was a succession of household names: Mouton-Rothschild, Lafite, Montrose, Cos D’Estournel (which will no doubt be as controversial in its modernity as every year, but which we very-much liked). Then this afternoon the three Leovilles. Lilian Barton’s Langoa and Leoville-Barton are clearly on form, and the Poyferre was lovely and fresh [NB please forgive the lack of accents, which today alludes my tired brain).

Finally, a visit to the chai at Caronne. Francois’ 2010 is a burly wine, but one which shows some class for a ‘Cru Bourgeois’. He took our attention away from the wine though by getting a 1955 Austin Healey out of the garage. An Australian friend is storing the car here and we just had to have a go. It’s a beauty.

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