Friday, 4 May 2012

Left bank Bordeaux

An assortment of left bank Bordeaux, all bar the '76 Pichon Lalande were from the cellars of Downing College, Cambridge. Order below is the order in which I tasted the wines, which were grouped according to their regions. Very short notes and rather less technical than is the norm.

Chateau Haut Gardere 1996, Pessac Leognan - feels a bit hot but otherwise its rounded and giving, drink now.

Chateau Bernadotte 2000, Haut Medoc - Correct, but unremarkable on the palate, feels slightly hot for my liking as well.
Chateau Liversan 2000, Haut Medoc - Earthy, farmyard with burnt capsicum; pungent nose; rounded fruits, drink now - 2015+.
Chateau Cantemerle 1996, Haut Medoc - Earthy, woody also gamey edge, some primary fruit remaining; fleshy still, expressive and feels much younger than it actually is; impressive showing, will keep a while yet.

Chateau Lascombes 2000, Margaux - Seductive and fragrant on the nose; but lacks concentration and weight that you'd expect from a superb vintage, drink now - 2020+
Chateau Labergorce-Zede 2001, Margaux - Despite being from an overlooked year, this was expressive and keen to impress; mellowed out fruits, soft.
Chateau Malescot-St-Exupery, 1994 Margaux - Unfortunately beginning to fade away, drink up.

Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2004, St Julien - sweet woody, licorice and cassis; plenty of fruit, its dark, brooding and powerful, has yet to open up; still in its youth, this has a long and bright future ahead of it; drink 2017 - 2025+.
Chateau Langoa-Barton 2002, St Julien - cool nose, not very yielding, dark fruits showing; nicely integrated flavours, no one thing dominates, but feels rather one dimensional at the moment; in an awkward phase?
Chateau Langoa-Barton 1994, St Julien - has reached its plateau now, if anything probably towards the end of its drinking window.

Chateau Haut-Batailley 2003, Pauillac - perfumed and very lifted, sweet cassis and blueberries, expressive nose; good concentration, just beginning to open up; rather voluptuous, lively and delicious.
Chateau Haut-Batailley 2000, Pauillac - outshone by the 2003 in all departments, probably wont outlive it either ...
Chateau Pichon Lalande 1976, Pauillac - old, quite musty, capsicum and leather; very yielding on the palate, soft yet not faded; has held up surprisingly well ..

Chateau Beau-Site 2006, St Estephe - still rather closed and dense, texture feels quite dusty / sandy, has good potential.
Chateau Tronquoy-Lalande 1996, St Estephe - drinking nicely, feels evolved and settled; surprised at how well its held up, drink now - 2016+.

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