A week in Bordeaux tasting the 2018 vintage is more than can reasonably be written up as one goes along, well without turning into a hermit along the way. So, as I have done in a few places recently, here is a picture blog…
DAY 1 – Off and running.
Always good to arrive in sun and we were lucky to have six days of it!
An impromptu, but necessary, stop en route to Pomerol. Good “Menu du Jour” and a good team.
A very smart new “toy” at Rouget, quite a piece of kit this!
Very first tasting at Rouget with Edouard Labruyere…good start…
Great way to start on the left bank – for release in a decade or two…
Heading north up the Medoc to Cos d’Elephants.
Really wonderful to see Michel Tesseron at Lafon-Rochet and finish day one with some Champagne – one of Bordeaux’s true characters.
DAY 2 – Right bank royalty
Quite the Breakfast…
The team – Guido, Bryce and Uncle – at Ausone
The Ausone stable of wines in reverse order.
Post lunch and post Petrus at La Conseillante…
Always pretty magical to taste with the Mitjaviles…
Clos Saint-Martin with Sophie Fourcade et chat…
What a warm evening, post tasting, requires…
DAY 3 – Moueix – the grand annual tasting.
Tasting Part 1 – From St.Emilion via the satellites to Pomerol…
Tasting Part 2 – the even grander Grand Vins.
DAY 4 – Negoce, Haut Bailly and a feast!
Start(er) as you mean to go on!
Oh you know – Sunday evening! Merci C & I!!
DAY 5 – the Hanger (tasting) then up the Medoc
Right – go, go, go – 90mins and the max number of wines to taste…
At Mouton, a massive door and a micro Monroe.
Team dinner – stunning white and good reds!
DAY 6 – Right bank then left – “jumping” about – Le “Kris Kros” style.
Team pic! Uncle, Monroe, Guido, Mossy and Mr H.
A good view whilst we wait at Angelus.
Luncheon at institution.
Almost irritatingly good!
Just the one.
Very fine Lafite (and no I did not steal the napkin)
Post-dinner weather change
DAY 7 – The last day, a few boxes to tick.
First stop and always a great tasting.
The team at Les Carmes Haut-Brion.
Tasting with Guillaume (Pouthier) at Les Carmes
Lunch before the last tasting…
Something of a modern institution to us.
The final, three hour, tasting!
And that as they say is that!