While you may read on ebob the report of Kevin Shin, a fascinating taster so keen in his analysis, some impressions after 3 days around.
a : it will be vain to try to compare left and right banks : on each side, you will find outstanding wines as well as not so great wines, those where owners didn’t have enough confidence in the quality of the grapes and who have practiced an over-extraction.
b : you will find definitively 3 kind of wines :
• those where the finesse is simply incredible, like VCC and Haut-Brion which are my favorites by far. In the same category :Pape-Clément is simply outstanding. What a change in the quest for finesse ! The AOC Pessac-Léognan will be most probably the best example of the respect of a so fascinating terroir. Truffles, fumé, smoothness, density, but never with a dominant taste over others. I just love these wines. La Conseillante belongs to this category. An appealing wine, so charming too !
• those where the power is extremely intense and will develop in the future something outstanding : Pavie, Latour, LMHB are the best examples
• those with a perfect balance between both styles : Ausone, Lafleur, Margaux, Tertre Roteboeuf, La Mondotte, Le Pin (so charming) and Cheval Blanc being there the good examples. Lafite, though very close for me, should be in this category. But every one knows that this is the best example of a wine which reach his top only after 10 to 15 years !
c : you will certainly find many unknown names or not under the usual radar of the US consumers who did succeed over all expectations in doing truly great wines :Lascombes, Rol Valentin, Larcis-Ducasse, Pavie-Macquin, Château d’Aiguilhe, Clos de l’Oratoire, La Tour Carnet (which will be the truly best QPR in absolute).
I do like very much this difference in style - finesse and power - since it will offer to the amateurs a wide range of selections for their cellar. This is quite unusual at this level in Bordeaux. Yes, by all means, this vintage will offer many wines of supreme qualities.
In the white, do not miss very simple wines like Marjosse and if you like the “Vegas” style : choose Monbousquet or the wines from Mr Magrez.
This year, it will be, more than ever, interesting to follow closely what will say Mr Parker and where will go his preferences.
Of course, I did try only very few and I wait the comments and scores of my fellows journalists members of GJE like Bettane, Perrin, Burtschy, Moser, Duhr.
Be sure I will keep this Board informed about various opinions of those tasters who are not able to write in english
With Kevin, we were lucky enough to have a lunch at Cheval-Blanc with Pierre Lurton. The wines :
Petit-Cheval 2000 : a great confirmation of our impressions when we tasted it “en primeurs”. Yes, a great, great wine !
Cheval-Blanc 2000 : still a baby
Cheval-Blanc 1998 : simply : mama mia !
Yquem 2009 : you love sweet wine ? Save money ! This one will simply be a must.