Bordeau En Primeur Tastings 2012
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Left at 7am yesterday as I had to drop Steve Webb (Bill’s partner in Bordeaux Gold) at the airport before racing up to the North Medoc to Calon Segur where we tasted Capbern Gasqueton, Calon Segur and Marquis de Calon. Then onto Montrose to taste Tronquoy – Lalande, Dame de Montrose and Montrose which where all fantastic.
From Montrose we popped the other side to Cos D’Estournel where we bumped into the Justerini’s gang (3 lots of red trousers). We wondered if there is a collective noun for this, suggestions were “a Ploom”, “a Gay” or even “a Cavalry” !! At Cos we tasted Goulee, Les Pogedas de Cos, Cos and Cos Blanc, which were simply Gorgeous. It was a refreshing change to be tasting Cabernet dominated wines rather two days of (right bank) Merlot dominated wines.
With ½ an hour to spare before our meeting at Lafite we headed to Phelan Segur for the UGC St Estephe, Pauillac and St
En Primeur Tasting with Charles Chevalier (on the right) Director, Chateau Lafite
Julien tastings where I tasted Beychevelle, Gloria, St Pierre, Branaire Ducru. Before heading to Lafite (Carruades, Duhart Milon, Lafite) which was an enjoyable line up. Back to its more traditional style after a couple of blockbuster vintages, more my style than Mr Parkers. From Lafite we headed to their cousins at Mouton Rothschild where we tasted D’Armailhac, Clerc Milon, Petit Mouton and Mouton Rothschild. Mouton I often find hard to taste at this time but it was like a graceful lady, sophisticated, with lovely depth and purity.
From Mouton it was up to Grand Puy Lacoste where we tasted Lacoste Borie (charming), Haut Batailley and GPL. I also got a chance to interview Francois Xavier Borie, “The gravel soils that we have at Grand Puy Lacoste really helped in 2012. If I have to compare the vintage it’s a bit of 2001,1999 and 1998”.
From GPL it was back across to the other side of Pauillac to taste Pontet Canet normally one of the stars of the vintage and the 2012 is no exception. We were given an impressive lunch with a cheese board (should probably say cheese table) that went on forever, it was on a table about 20 foot long.
After Lunch we headed to Leoville Lascases we tasted the following properties with their 2nd wines. Nenin (Pomerol), Potensac, Clos du Marquis and Leoville Lascases. From LL we headed to Ducru Beaucaillou where Monsieur Borie called it “The Glorious 12th, enriched by Diversity!, excellent Archetypal claret and a homage to Fan Bingbing” ! The wines were good, very polished style rather like his quotes.From Ducru we headed back up to Phelan Segur to finish off the UGC tasting where we tasted a lot of big names. Gruaud
Chateau Fourcase Hosten
Larose, Lagrange, Langoa Barton, Leoville Barton, Leoville Poyferre, Talbot, Batailley, Croizet Bages, Haut Bages Liberal, Lynch Bages, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande Cos Labory, de Pez, Lafon Rochet, Les Ormes de Pez and Phelan Segur. From Phelan Segur we headed to Fourcas Hostens in Listrac for the Moulis and Medoc tasting where the big names were La Lagune, Cantemerle, Chasse Spleen, Poujeaux, La Tour Carnet etc.
Time had slipped away from me throughout the day, I had to go back to Bill’s house get changed and attend the Cammanderie du Bontempts dinner in the middle of town. Good food and some memorable wines Climens 49, Doisy Daene 71, Montrose 83, Pichon Lalande 2000, Lafaurie Peyraguey 2007, Guiraud 2005, Latour 1999, Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc (awesome) 2010, SHL Rouge 2004, Poujeaux 2003 – A truely Memorable Evening.
Today its Palmer first thing, Margaux, Rauzan Segla and the Margaux UGC tasting at Labegorce. Lunch it at Barbier Arcins and then the UGC Cru Bourgeois tasting and UGC Pessac tasting at Chateau Olivier (wish me luck..!)
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