Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bordeaux Meets Burgundy - Bordeaux Blanc

Bordeaux Meets Burgundy

Looking forward to these wines. In the past few months, I've been mad for white Bordeaux. They didn't pour that many at this tasting, but the ones they did show were outstanding. The lone Sauternes I tasted was extraodinary, a 50 year wine. Smith Haut Lafitte was delicious, as it always is. The surprise was the Talbot - a white wine coming out of St-Julien. I will be buying heavily into dry white Bordeaux, wines of great balance, aromatics, and aging capacity.

2006 Caillou Blanc du Talbot, AC Saint-Julien: booming sauvignon nose, very fresh, some green on the palate, high acidity, very fresh fruit
2005 Château Carbonnieux Blanc, AC Pessac-Léognan: tropical fruit on the nose, very fruit forward, fresh, oak on the palate, lots of fruit, finishes with lots of creamy oak, delicious
2006 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, AC Pessac-Léognan: good combination of fruit and oak, very high acidity
2005 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, AC Sauternes 1er Cru: so much apricot on the nose, very sweet, dried fruit on finish, very concentrated and viscous, incredible length, a big, important wine


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