Touchdown in Bordeaux


st emilion town may 08

It is a glorious sunny morning in Bordeaux and we are currently wending our way through St Julien, passing by Leoville-Las Cases and Latour as we head to our first appointment of the day at Ch. Montrose. Yesterday’s flight was packed full of the UK wine trade; the annual pilgrimage to Bordeaux had certainly started – and all the talk was of what we expected to find in the 2008s.

We were keen to be off and, after a short detour via the annual Bordeaux vs UK trade XI cricket match to witness Jasper Morris’s glorious four wickets which helped to bring the match to a swift conclusion, we headed off to unpack and prepare for our first tasting of the 2008s.

We were served 2008 Ch. du Tertre, Ch. Giscours and Ch. Haut-Bailly and it must be said that we were genuinely pleasantly surprised. The du Tertre was delicate but very pretty and pure whilst the Giscours had more depth and weight and the Haut-Bailly was superbly concentrated with big, soft tannins that we found ourselves chewing for some time afterwards. All in all it has been a promising start. If the rest of the wines continue in this vein then Bordeaux ’08 could well surprise us all.

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