Wednesday, January 26, 2011

UGC Bordeaux - 2008 Graves/Pessac-Léognan Blanc

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As is usual, I began my night with dry white Bordeaux. Really interested to see how these would show - the 2007 whites were stunning, ripe and racy, showing lots of potential. The 2008's turned out to be a bit spottier, with many of them showing lots of oak and green, unripe flavours. A lot of the wines seemed clumsy, with a few closed - this isn't the best time to be tasting these wines. The oak needs to resolve, especially for the wines which used a high percentage of new barriques. Curiously, many of the wines seemed green and unripe, with very little fruit character. The semillon seems to be muted, sauvignon a bit too aggressive at this stage. Just doesn't have the energy or the harmony of the 2007's.

Château de Chantegrive - grassy, herbal and green, which follows on the lean, bitter palate
Château Rahoul - waxy herbal nose, muted palate, oaky finish
Château Bouscaut - oily on the nose, diesel fumes, creamy in texture
Château Carbonnieux - oily nose, herbal, lean and balanced, but green
Domaine de Chevalier - creamy, balanced, showing lots of green sauvignon fruit, elegant
Château de Fieuzal - creamy but closed at the moment, round and extracted finish
Château Larrivet Haut-Brion - balanced, waxy
Château Latour-Martillac - green and herbal, very oaky, in a very awkward stage
Château Malartic-Lagravière - precise, clean balanced fruit, herbal and creamy palate
Château Pape Clement - so oaky, lots of green on the palate
Château Smith Haut Lafitte - pungent vegetal aromas, spicy oak, balanced, but the oak needs to integrate, especially on the palate

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