Thursday, January 27, 2011

UGC Bordeaux - 2008 Pauillac/Saint-Estèphe


The heavyweights of the tasting, at least to the rabid trend-chasers these events always seem to attract. At least Lynch-Bages didn't run out this time. Nothing spectacular again - these wines are just so awkward right now. Good, not great . . . this should not be something these wines are striving for, at least at these prices. Yet I'm certain that if we were to taste them in a year, impressions would be vastly improved. A shame.

Château Clerc-Milon - oaky, fine palate
Château d'Armailhac - lean, spicy oak
Château Lynch-Bages - the superstar, ripe and floral, spicy oak, structured with linear fruit
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande - spicy fruit, linear on the palate, very tightly wound
Château Cos-Labory - good fruit, soft texture, all cashmere on the palate
Château Lafon-Rochet - oaky nose, well structured, all riding on top of the fruit
Château Phélan Ségur - oak, oak, oak, fruit and tannins ripe(r)


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