1996 and all that

If, like me, you started your fine wine journey in the late 1990s, then 1996 will have been the first serious vintage that came onto the radar.  The clarets were and are excellent.  The Burgundies very highly rated at the time though the jury is out for the moment on these.

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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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2014 Bordeaux: my top three

In spite of its failings – which are many – I love en-primeur.  The excitement of a new wine.  The birth, if you like, of wines that will develop into something so much more than juice.  1996 Latour was at this stage once, as was 1982 Pichon-Lalande.  Just as my son could once fit into […]

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