HAut-ME­doc: know your vin­tAgEs

Decanter - - PANEL TESTING -


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

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