Thursday, January 27, 2011

UGC Bordeaux - 2008 Saint-Émilion Grand Cru/Pomerol


The right bank is always under-represented at UGC tastings. I'm probably 60/40 on Bordeaux, with the right bank having a slight edge. Just more interesting, especially the ones coming from limestone-heavy vineyards. And look at these guys - the ever so charming Comte Stephan von Neipperg, showing the young guys how it's done with the sharp suit and draped orange sweater. The wines? More of the same - some good ones, some closed.

Château Canon-La-Gaffelière - pure fruit, very ripe, clean and linear on the palate, juicy and very fruit forward
Château Figeac - pure fruit, spicy, great transition into long, firm finish
Château La Couspaude - dark berries, ripe and concentrated, well made
Château La Dominique - oaky fruit, ripe, oak roars on the palate
Château La Gaffelière - spicy fruit, hard tannins, good purity
Château Larmande - soft
Château Larcis Ducasse - spicy fruit, very lean
Château Troplong-Mondot - oaky fruit, ripe and structured, tannins a bit hard
Château Clinet - omg $219, fruit is very pure, ripe, elegant and quite fine
Château Gazin - ripe fruit, concentrated, tightly structured like a rock, very true to the Gazin style
Château La Conseillante - very bright fruit, softly structured


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