Tasting the newest vintage from Bordeaux and the en primeur wines from the great Cru Classé estates is one of the most exciting experiences in the wine trade. From the minute the grapes are picked in September and October rumours abound as to the potential quality and 2014 has been no different; in fact following a spate of fairly average vintages the anticipation for the 14s has possibly been even more exaggerated . The proof though is in the tasting …
Arriving this evening I got off the plane and went straight down to Ch Guiraud for a superbly orchestrated tasting hosted by the joint proprietors of this famous Chateau.
The Guiraud itself was delicious with fabulous purity and upfront botrytic flavours with hints of mango and honey. A forward drinking style which will give real pleasure from an early age.
The cooler summer conditions according to Olivier Bernard really suited the white grape varieties and his delicious Domaine de Chevalier Blanc highlights this with its fabulous tension and energetic drive, bright fresh with layers of crisp citrus fruits.
Whilst there were only a few reds on show, what I did taste bodes well for the week. My immediate impression was that the best reds have the potential to balance an appealing freshness with gentle sweetness, again the Domaine de Chevalier rouge showed very strongly.
Tomorrow I head up north into the Medoc for the best introduction to the vintage one could wish for. All the 1st Growths and Super Seconds who don’t participate in the UGC tasting! I feel as if I am in for a treat.