Thursday, January 27, 2011

UGC Bordeaux - 2008 Pessac-Léognan Rouge

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DF and Mr. Olivier Bernard, Manager of Domaine de Chevalier. Fresh off a feature in Decanter magazine, we had an extended conversation about the history of white Bordeaux, Pessac, dry white wines, white Burgundy, harvesting techniques, wine philosophy . . . what a fascinating man. A trip to Domaine de Chevalier is definitely on my list now. The red wines coming out of here, again, are not bad in 2008. But when you're paying north of $60, not bad doesn't cut it.

Château Carbonnieux - oaky and very hard, closed like a scared clam
Domaine de Chevalier - smoky, toasty but refined oak, lean fruit, lively structure
Château Haut-Bergey - ripe fruit, soft berries, lean and well structured, good potential; I was told to hold onto the 'o5's for another 4-5 years

DF

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