Posts with the label "la fleur pétrus"


Bordeaux 2018 - A Roller Coaster Vintage

Bordeaux 2018 - A Roller Coaster Vintage

Monday 15th April 2019
by Tom Jenkins

There were no magic micro-climates in 2018. This simple analysis of the vintage is the same from St Estephe to Castillon. This is one of the great turn-around stories, from despair to elation, but it was anything but straightforward. Nicolas Audebert from Rauzan Segla and Canon coined it the ‘Grand Huit’, or a rollercoaster. Even when summer arrived, this brought its own challenges. Water stress is necessary to make great red wines, however, those without clay subsoils were at risk of hydric stress and the dangers of blocked maturity. 

After a natural crop thinning by virtue of mildew, the vines were not carrying an abundance of fruit. Most vignerons didn’t do much in the way of green harvests and many did minimal canopy thinning. What was on the vine was very healthy with thick skins and wonderful potential. 

Bordeaux 2017: The Wine Advocate’s scores are in

Bordeaux 2017: The Wine Advocate’s scores are in

Monday 30th April 2018
by Tom Jenkins

We thoroughly enjoyed our week tasting 2017s from barrel. We loved the style, the aromatics, the precision and the freshness of the best wines. 

We thought it would be a vintage that would appeal to those who like restraint and charm, dare we say it, something for a European palate (we are still European for the time being…). Lisa Perrotti-Brown, the new Bordeaux correspondence for the influential Wine Advocate is also smitten, awarding three wines 97-100 points and numerous scores into the high nineties. Please find an overview of her thoughts below.

UGC Week: Bordeaux 2015 - Day one, the wait is over…

UGC Week: Bordeaux 2015 - Day one, the wait is over…

Tuesday 5th April 2016
by Tom Jenkins

We’ve been waiting a long time. We recall the still fermenting juices we tasted in October and then the impressive, precocious assemblages we tasted in February. Now the opportunity to taste the 2015s in earnest is finally here; the litmus test for the vintage. 

Our small convoy of cars has been snaking its way through the lanes of Pomerol and St Emilion, as is the Justerinis’ custom on the first day of a primeur trip - and we have been well and truly wrapped in seductive fruit and glorious velvety tannins today. If critics are to be believed, Pomerol is perhaps the commune of choice in 2015, and we have not been disappointed. Denis and Constance Durantou presented a very strong range of wines. It’s hard to pick favourites, but Montlandrie and Eglise Clinet were both sensational. The JP Moueix flight was equally accomplished. Lafleur Gazin, La Fleur Petrus and Trotanoy hit all the right notes. Then came a trio of wines that fall into the ‘outstanding’ category: Petrus, Vieux Chateau Certan and Cheval Blanc. 

Justerini & Brooks' Bordeaux Tasting

Justerini & Brooks' Bordeaux Tasting

Tuesday 8th March 2016
by Tom Jenkins

‘Long overdue’ was the cry from members of the press and clients alike. It was over ten years since Justerinis hosted a Bordeaux tasting. 

Unlike Burgundy, Rhone, Loire, Germany and Piedmont, there is no annual Justerini & Brooks’ tasting for the largest fine wine producing region of them all! We decided it was high time to put this right. After several years of lost ground to other regions, Bordeaux’s fortunes are a-changin’ (as you will see with the 2015s). There’s plenty of fight left in the grand old Chateaux of Aquitaine…