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UGC Week: Bordeaux 2016 - Day one, The Right Stuff

UGC Week: Bordeaux 2016 - Day one, The Right Stuff

Monday 3rd April 2017
by Tom Jenkins

Our custom is to start on the Right Bank and ‘avoid the crowds’. Monday morning started with an early appointment with Denis Durantou at L’Eglise Clinet. Saintayme, Le Chenade, Cruzelles and Montlandrie were all spectacular, possibly the best range we’ve seen from Denis, boasting wonderful purity, lots of intensity and great balance. 

The Pomerols were a step up again; both very profound and exciting wines. Bravo Denis. Next stop was Le Pin to meet Jacques and George Thienpont. L’If continues to go from strength to strength, a St Emilion with real verve and a nervous tension that delights the taste buds. Le Pin is very grown up and muscular, less flamboyant than normal, but still packing a kaleidoscope of decadent fruits and seriously impressive tannins. This was becoming a tough morning and it was about to get tougher… Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont presented the magnificent Vieux Chateau Certan 2016. They are rightly proud, this is a very handsome VCC full of breed. Did I mention that this was hard work? Next stop was Petrus for a very important ‘initiation ceremony’. We feared that the J&B bulldog, donated a few years ago, was about to get the snip, but this was actually a huge honour for our humble hound – he was made the official mascot for the forthcoming Petrus vintage. The wine itself is stunning and quite unique. It’s a powerful Petrus that harks back to greats of ’89 and ’90,  with a hint of exotic spice, yet all wrapped up in the suavest of tannins – it really is quite moving and deeply impressive – chapeau!

Bordeaux Trip: Sweet Sixteen

Bordeaux Trip: Sweet Sixteen

Thursday 20th October 2016
by Tom Jenkins

Giles and I found ourselves in the vineyards of St Emilion and Pomerol this week. Normally everything would be finished, bar the usual suspects who wait for sur maturité, but this harvest has become a marathon. 

After a fascinating, if not routine growing season, the 2016s are being brought into cellars to the acclaim of the great and good of Bordeaux. After a very wet start to the year, flowering got underway, and to the surprise of many, it was quite uniform and potentially plentiful. Summer took a little while to get going, but when it did, it brought drought; just 9mm of rainfall in two and a half months. Temperatures where high, but not excessive. The mercury regularly hit the mid-thirties, but never reached the scorching levels of 2003. By the beginning of September, vignerons where quite desperate for rain. The high water table, swelled in the spring, had been exhausted. Young vines without sufficient root structure were really suffering. Mercifully rain came in the second week of September refreshing the vines and re-starting the vegetative cycle.

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…

Bordeaux 2015 - love at first sight

Bordeaux 2015 - love at first sight

Monday 29th February 2016
by Tom Jenkins

We are just back from a three day reconnaissance mission, scoping the latest Bordeaux vintage. Some Chateaux have finished their assemblage and were prepared to show us their final blend, others were more circumspect; either way, the technical directors, cellar masters and general managers we met with were all beaming about their 2015s.

We cannot claim to have tasted widely enough to give a thorough verdict on the vintage. Our team will head back to Bordeaux at the beginning of April for more comprehensive primeur tastings. But what we can tell you, based on the samples we did taste, is that 2015 is a very ‘sexy’, enticing style.

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