Last night, a quick whirl around Bordeaux courtesy of fine wine brokers Wine Cellar based in Observatory, Cape Town. The tasting was blind, scores and brief tasting notes below:
Tour Maillet, Pomerol (R450)
Great concentration of black fruit. Full but balanced. Firm but fine tannins. Very youthful. Plush but not overdone.
Lafon Rochet, Saint Estephe (R395)
Vanilla on the nose. Red and black fruit, fresh acidity, fine tannins. Focused and pure. Long finish.
Poujeaux, Moulis (R170)
Dark fruit, attractive herbal note. Elegant to the point of lean, bright acidity. Classically styled.
d’Issan, Margaux (R575)
Red fruit, herbal edge. Medium bodied with fresh acidity.
Saint Pierre, Saint Julien (R600)
Concentrated dark fruit, smooth textured. Lacks excitement.
Pezat, Bordeaux Superieur (R135)
Red fruit, fresh acidity, fine tannins. Medium bodied, accessible now.
Fonbel, Saint Emilion (R240)
Toasty oak on the nose and palate. Dark fruit, bright acidity, appears heavily extracted.
Moulin St. George, Saint Emilion (R450)
Reductive on the nose and palate. Rich and ripe, lacks finesse.
Haut Batailley, Pessac-Leognag (R 1 200)
Rich and broad, soft tannins, lacks freshness.
Smith Haut Lafite, Pessac-Leognan (R750)
Ultra-ripe on the nose and palate. Rich and broad, smooth textured.