Pauillac and St Estephe



A busy day.  Not quite the consistency of St Julien, though pleasing all in all.  First mention must go to Cos for both a brilliantly made 2008 and the astonishing cuverie (see above).

 Jean-Guillaume Prats is a man with vision and this is the future.  Simply astonishing, and it clearly works.  In Pauillac, Latour and Mouton were the wines of the day for me: Mouton seduces with its flashy fruit whilst Latour inspires with its class.  Lafite is frequently subdued at this stage but has its inimitable Lafite character shining through.  Lynch-Bages as excellent as one would expect and Grand-Puy-Lacoste likewise.  And, of course, Batailley: exactly as it should be.  (JF)

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