The Right Bank

We have crossed the river and started the morning with Cheval Blanc and Ausone followed by the generic tastings in St-Emilion and Pomerol. Wines with higher proportions of Cabernets and those that have managed to retain freshness by not harvesting too late and gentle extraction showed best. Cheval Blanc was particularly fine with real poise and so much promise.

This is undoubtedly a vintage which will provide good buys across all appellations and price points. Pomerol seems to have the edge on St-Emilion where results were more mixed – in such a ripe vintage, high alcohol levels can extract bitter oak flavours and dry tannin adding to the already considerable levels. Having said that the best wines have a freshness and complexity which married with sweet, mouth coating tannin will make for greatness.

Later we visited Vieux-Château-Certan, Pétrus, Le Pin and Evangile, all true to their terroir. This was one of the best afternoon’s tastings I have ever experienced! VCC is already building a reputation of one of the wines of the vintage and along with l’Evangile will be a must buy for serious Pomerol fans.

Our final day begins at 8am tomorrow in Pessac. It’s an early start but then it is at Haut-Brion! It should be fascinating to see if the Graves can combine the best of both banks.

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