Two weeks ago I attended Decanter’s Great Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter at The Landmark Hotel in London. The tasting featured over 80 of the region’s most prestigious producers, from the most renowned chateaux (such as Angelus, Montrose, Giscours and Beychevelle) to the best petits chateaux. It was here that fine wine enthusiasts were given a rare opportunity to discuss the wines with the winemakers themselves.
For the first time at the Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter, there was a dedicated en primeur showcase for consumers to taste the most recent 2011 vintage, together with an extensive range of vintages from 2006 to 2009. It is extremely unusual for consumers to be able to taste the wines before they are bottled, so this proved a very interesting and informative experience. The tasting was especially useful when making comparisons of the 2011s with back vintages, which were showing globally really generous and expressive.
Please see below a selection of wines from 2006 to 2009, which I thought were drinking incredibly well.
2006 Giscours (Margaux)
"The 2006 Giscours shows an incredible maturity and concentration, together with the elegance of the Margaux appellation. This wine combines red fruit aromas and tertiary notes such as coffee or leather. The tannins are already really well integrated. The person who drinks this wine today with a gorgeous piece of red meat would be definitely by a happy person." Lois Dufouleur, FINE+RARE
2007 Lafon Rochet (St Estephe)
"The 2007 vintage was very welcome especially in Saint Estephe, the most tannic appellation in Bordeaux, and it is really hard to find drinking vintages from this decade. This Lafon Rochet is a really charming and soft Saint Estephe with tertiary notes. 2007 is absolutely a genuine bargain and absolutely delicious." Lois Dufouleur, FINE+RARE
2008 Peby Faugeres (St Emilion)
"This 2008 Peby Faugeres is an absolutely amazing wine considering how hard the 2008 vintage in Saint Emilion was. With the pressure of mildew and poor weather conditions, I could not believe how good this wine was. This Saint Emilion, made from 100% Merlot, is quite atypical as it shows an incredibly good concentration and will be a wine to keep for at least 5 years. Having discussed the wine with the wine maker, the result of this incredible expression of fruit comes from a lot of hard work in the vineyards such as “green harvesting” and low yields." Lois Dufouleur, FINE+RARE
2009 Montrose (St Estephe)
"This 2009 Montrose is probably the best Montrose I have ever tried. It is of course really hard to say this because it is a very young wine, but I just could not believe how complex and deep it was. 2009 Montrose is a world class wine, which has one of the best ageing potentials of all the 2009 vintage in my opinion." Lois Dufouleur, FINE+RARE