Right as Rain

Cold, wet weather meant the 2008 grow­ing sea­son was a chal­lenge in Bordeaux. A spell of warm, dry con­di­tions in July and an In­dian sum­mer in Septem­ber saved the sea­son from be­ing a write-off, and some out­stand­ing wines were made. James Suck­ling at­tended a

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life Wine -

Château mon­trose saint-estèphe

The pu­rity and pre­ci­sion in this wine is ex­cit­ing. Medium to full body, firm and chewy tan­nins, and a long fin­ish of cur­rant and spice. Black tea and bark too. Bet­ter in 2020 but beau­ti­ful now. De­cant be­fore serv­ing. 95 points Château smith haut Lafitte Pes­sac-léog­nan Deca­dent and rich on the nose with lots of ripe fruit and meaty un­der­tones. Al­most truf­fle-like. Full body, lots of ripe tan­nins and plenty of fruit. Still needs time to soften. Big and juicy for the vin­tage. Bet­ter in 2018 but im­pres­sive now. 95 points For more wine rec­om­men­da­tions, visit hongkong­tatler.com/wine and jamessuck­ling.com This was al­ways one of the wines of the vin­tage, with cur­rant, cas­sis and choco­late aro­mas and flavours. Full body, chewy and pol­ished tan­nins, and a fresh and fine fin­ish. Tight now but so beau­ti­ful. De­cant a cou­ple of hours be­fore serv­ing. 94 points

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