Category: Bordeaux Wine

La Rive Droite

Despite all predictions of rain, it was a beautiful, crisp, sunny morning  as we drove to the Right Bank at the crack of dawn today.
 A brief taste of a couple of 2009s last night has only served to whet our appetites. Today would be the day when we would get our first real impressions […]

Jancis Robinson MW and Simon Staples review Bordeaux 2008

Bordeaux 2008 is, quite frankly, a vintage that has taken most of us by surprise.  Who would have thought that after months of continuous bad weather and set-backs in the vineyards, and weeks of speculation about the quality of the wines, that we would actually come away with anything better than mediocre praise for these […]

The final day

Always variable in years like these, Margaux is probably the most difficult of the left bank appellations to taste.   Margaux itself delicate and fresh, Palmer all correct and easier to gauge at this stage than in most years.  Brane-Cantenac soft and supple.  Giscours both structured and supple and du Tertre, our base for the […]

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 […]