The up coming Union Des Grand Crus tasting on Friday Jan. 18th will have a huge representation of classified Bordeaux Growths. The number of Chateaux presenting is greater than I can attempt to taste. That being the case I am focused on tasting the properties that will be listed below. The reason I chose these properties is that they have an excellent track record of doing well in good vintages. They are well capitalized and have all that can be asked in the way of technology, farming techniques and modern equipment to handle any unforeseen problems which may occur.
The cost of wines from this vintage appears to be one of the most expensive in modern history. First Growths will sell for a minimum of $1,000 a bottle. Classifed growths such as those being tasted on the 18th will retail from $30 to $100 a bottle. Ratings are already in and the vintage is in the mid '90's with respect to quality. Here are the wines I will look for and respond to in my next blog.
Paulliac: Lynch Bages, Pichon Lalande/Baron, Mouton d'Armailhac
Margaux: Rausan Segla, Malescot, du Tertre and Giscours
Graves: Fieuzal, Domaine du Chevalier, and Haut Bailley
St. Emilion: Canon, LaGaffillere, Figeac and La Dominique
St. Julian: Beychevelle, Gruaud Larose, Leoville and Langoa Barton
Sauternes: Climens, de Fargues, Doisey Daene, Lafaurie-Peyraguey and Suduiraut
This will be a great group of wines and they should represent the vintage and Bordeaux well.