Bordeaux is Back
If there were ever a time to dig into Bordeaux, it’s now, writes James Suckling. The days of over-extracted and overwooded wines seem to be over. The 2014 reds show harmony and finesse, and the dry whites display electrifying acidity with fantastic densit
Château mouton rothschild Pauillac
Incredible iodine, oyster, currants, peat and cedar, yet subtle. Full body, chewy yet polished tannins, and great depth and complexity on the finish. I love the spice and blueberry character on the finish. Vibrant. A sexy style of Mouton. Try drinking this in 2022. 99 points
Château La mission haut-brion BLANC Pessac-léognan
So much lemon, pineapple and green papaya on the nose here. Stones and salt block, too. Full-bodied and dense with a creamy and layered mouthfeel. Powerful and agile at the same time. Exceptional. Rivals the 100-point 2011 La Mission. Drink if you can find it.
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Château ausone saint-emilion Fabulous aromas of currants, rose petals, dried strawberry and hints of lemon rind, wet earth and chalk. Full and dense and so compacted. What a texture. Phenomenal. Needs five to six years to open, but it’s a joy to taste. Amazing. Such energy. From organically grown grapes as well. I’m in awe.
Château Lafleur Pomerol Fantastic on the nose. Exuberant aromas of lavender, tobacco, cigar box, violets and sliced plum. Medium to full body. It builds on the palate and goes on forever. Speechless. Such finesse and beauty. Just a hint of spices. What a glorious, hyper-classic wine. Coup de foudre!