2012 Bordeaux: St Estèphe

Right at the top of the Médoc is the sometimes desolate beauty of St Estèphe.  I love it.  I love the drive, all the way up the D2, to the tip of classed-growth Bordeaux.  As you pass Lafite on your left, Cos d’Estournel appears, looking down on Pauillac.

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2012 Bordeaux: Pauillac

Now we are on the gas.  I love Pauillac.  Latour, Lafite, Mouton, the Pichons, GPL, Lynch (I’ll publish notes and scores on the first growths in a couple of days).  Pauillac is Palace at home on a sunny afternoon (bring your shades if you’re in the Arthur Wait) beating one of the big boys.

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2012 Bordeaux: St Julien

Taste any remotely difficult vintage in Bordeaux and St Julien will always provide some comfort.  Whilst Pauillac might be the King of the Médoc, St Julien is always the most consistent appellation, and the one that is the easiest to taste.

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2012 Bordeaux: Margaux

Margaux: the most difficult appellation on the left bank.  Often the most inconsistent.  With some jewels nonetheless.  2005 Ch. Margaux is one of the best young wines I’ve ever tasted.  1961 Ch. Palmer the very best wine I have ever tasted. 

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