Savoury and stylish but I had hoped for more excitment than this. Best left for 5-10 years.
Whoa – Pomerol in Pauillac. A fascinating glimpse into the 2009 Bordeaux vintage.
Uber ripe, but not cooked or jammy. Seductive low acid, almost creamy, fig/plum juice. Oodles of flavour.
I suspect that wines like this can age for a good while, but I’m not sure that I would like them any better for it. I fear that the freshness might go and the wine turn pruney. Anyway it’s delicious now, I can’t ever recall a Bordeaux being so approachable so young.
This all sounds wonderful, but it’s a style that I wouldn’t want to drink often.
The Bordelaise should find such wines easy to sell in the US – expect for the price tags. If they teach the Chinese that this is what Bordeaux tastes like it might come back to bite them in later vintages.
Pédesclaux is a little known 5th Growth. WineDoctor has a profile here.
Dense closed nose, mostly sawdusty oak. Reminds me of some of the most concentrated 2004 Margaux (Margaux being particularly good commune in 2004).
Sleek modern wine, it’s very fresh, raw even. It should be hard to drink but it’s wonderfully balanced. Lots of flavor and vitality. Over shone some older Pauillac classed growths. Impressive.
Pauillac, Bordeaux. 13%
Pretty sawdust nose, not floral or fruity.
Classy wine but without much in the way of sweet ripe mid palate fruit. It’s a savoury mid weight wine with food friendly acid and tannin. Savoury (no added sugar) blackcurrant flavour.
Lacks the concentration to be truly exciting, but it still has class, and it’s interesting.
I imagine in 5-10 years this will be a complex, but very dry old wine. A style that few other regions can do (Hunter Valley sometimes, when the alcohols are low).
pessac-leognan, Bordeaux. 14.5%
My first taste of 2009. From half a bottle. Consumed over 2 nights, so plenty of breathing.
I had worried that 2009 would produce wines that tasted like Margaret River, not that that’s a bad thing but I can buy those back in Oz. This has 14.5% alcohol, dense strong fruit, strong dense wine but approachable with the acid and tannin in check. It’s Bordeaux but unusual vintage style, much more like California.
There is a hint of raisin in the ripe fruit, just a hint. I’d have preferred they picked a bit earlier.
This is a Chateau I’ve enjoyed in recent vintages. Like a little brother to Domaine Chevalier. And getting better each vintage. This is very good but they have lost their charming lightness. I expect it will return in more classic vintages.
Dark vigorous colour for its age.
Warm soft, almost cafe latte aromas. Enjoyable wine, great for the price. Without the complexity of some classed growths from 1996 but very good nevertheless.
First bottle of this I tried was corked.
Napa Valley, California, USA. 13.5%
There is some confectionary new oak on the nose that calms down with some breathing – highly recommended for this young wine.
Thankfully not a steroid enhanced Cal Cabernet but it’s also not fresh and expeessive – yet. I really feel this needs time to open up. Promising wine.