Thursday, January 27, 2011

UGC Bordeaux - 2008 Saint-Julien

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Saint-Julien interests me. Overall, the wines showed well. Solid, classic Bordeaux, although a few were closed. Geez . . . I know they want to push the newest vintage, and LCBO wants to pump up their futures sales before the wines arrive, but come on, this is just about the worst time to taste these wines. Oak just completely sitting on top of everything, with many showing hard tannins.

Château Beychevelle - graphite minerality, linear, tight but very fine, a good one
Château Branaire Ducru - spicy oak, good fruit, finely structured
Château Gruaud-Larose - rustic aromas, the only one this year; follows on the palate too
Château Langoa-Barton - ripe, structured, impeccably balanced
Château Léoville-Barton - perfumed bouquet, very elegant, the only archetypal Saint-Julien
Château Lagrange - very oaky, ripe, big structure
Château Léoville Poyferré - oaky (again!!), hard tannins

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