Bordeaux 2011-Day 4


We are quite certain that today should rank amongst the best days at work any of us has ever had. The UGC tastings both in St Emilion and Pomerol were very interesting but visits at Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Vieux Château Certan, L’Eglise Clinet and Le Pin were amazing treats even to the most seasoned tasters among us. Tasting at J.P.Moueix’ Libourne office was another real treat, especially Belair-Monange and La Fleur-Pétrus, the latter a study in silky elegance and pure, juicy fruit.

All in all, we found the standards on the right bank very good indeed, with plenty of wines showing lovely aromatics, deliciously soft textures and firm yet fine-grained tannins. It is undeniably a vintage which requires a little selection, however there is a wealth of beautiful wines to choose from, and they should provide a perfect supply of elegant clarets at a more traditional alcohol level than in the past few years, with a few thrilling gems.

If Edouard Moueix is a good example of the mood in Bordeaux, prices should be released early and we should see an early campaign – here’s hoping with anticipation!
Ludovic Surina

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