Sauternes, Bordeaux. 13.5%
Not a tightly wound fruit style, more loose knit, with some formic acid, not dirty but not ultra modern. Not hugely sweet. Drinking well now (Sauternes drink so much earlier today now that minimal levels of sulpher are used).
Champagne, France. 12.5%
Surprisingly youthful, excellent acidity. Tight concentrated. Hints of almond essence. Long future ahead of it.
Moulis, Bordeaux. 12.5%
A good bottle. Not the most profound Bordeaux but this bottle has aged character with some freshness, even a hint of new oak lurking far in the background. Savoury, food friendly though not particularly concentrated.
Saint Julien. 13%
Quite a burly wine, ripe and dense rather than fragrant. I wouldn’t spot this as 1996. But I’m optimistic that it will gain in complexity and elegance with a little more time.
Light ruby colour. Spritzig.
Slightly syrawberry jam like but not annoyingly so. Quite vivacious. Fresh.
Weird wine. At first it seemed disappointly lacking concentration with tannin, acid and oak dominating fruit. Then with food it transformed with aged oaky flavours coming forward. Soon as the food was gone it went back to being ordinary.
The next night the difference with food was less extreme.
I suspect this will be best in 10 more years. But it’s a risky bet.
Probably deserves even higher points given its low price. It’s normally impossible to find decent claret even in Bordeaux for under 10 euro. This was only 8 euro.
Note this is not the Grand Vin but their cheaper ‘Reserve’.
Modern, very clean, fresh, not souped up. Got better over a few nights. Cherry fruit, of the vintage or just its youth?