HAut-MEdoc: know your vintAgEs
Big, bristling tannins, great freshness, a more architectural feel than the previous year, but with many successes. Best wines are around Pauillac and St-Julien.
Particularly successful in the southern Médoc (and on the Right Bank), so covering a lot of these Haut-Médoc producers. Plenty of sunshine, excellent ripeness, fruit plush and plump.
Again, as this tasting shows, an above average year with some real successes in the Médoc, but uneven.
Weakest recent vintage, very challenging conditions. Some producers managed to bottle fruit-forward, enjoyable wines, mainly through careful selection and sorting, but proceed carefully.
Some tight tannins at first, a classic year rather than exceptional, but lovely fruit up in the Médoc, and many wines that are starting to be enjoyed.
A vintage that should be looked at again right now. Exceptionally hot in April and May, although worries of drought were lessened by a cool July, then a damp August, followed by an excellent harvest. Initial hard tannins are beginning to soften.
An exceptional vintage offering excellent fruit-tanninacid balance, and long-living.
Jane Anson is Decanter’s Bordeaux correspondent and a contributing editor