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De är de vanliga: t.ex Poyferre, Pontet Canet, Calon Segur... Fast de lär kosta skjortan oavsett vad Parker säger.
Neal Martin verkar gått helt igång på Batailley i år igen, ett slott jag aldrig provat. Brukar ligga lägre i pris än de andra, kan kanske vara värt att testa? En låda Poujeaux vet jag i alla fall att jag kommer att köpa, börjar bli en tradition.
Har några av Neal Martins anteckningra från Pauillac-sessionen bl. a dessa:
2010 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 98-100
Of all the First Growths, Mouton has perhaps the most seductive bouquet with macerated black cherries, crème de cassis, blackcurrant, mint and cedar all with very fine delineation but a drop more opulence than say, Lafite or Latour. The palate is full-bodied with saturated, ripe tannins, layers of pure blackberry and dark cherries intertwined with a touch of blueberry. Very good grip, very smooth and flirting with the idea of ostentatiousness...but 2010 is not that kind of vintage and the Cabernet defined the finish with graphite and a touch of, what almost feels great mineralité, much more so than the 2009. Great length and poise, this actually reminds me of the stupendous 2006. Drink 2020-2050. Tasted March 2011
2010 Chateau Pontet Canet 93-95
The Pontet Canet has a very pure bouquet that you could almost compare to a Burgundy. Blackberry, dark cherries, a touch of mint and graphite, exceptionally well defined, flowering with 3-4 minutes in the glass. The palate is full-bodied with very fine but firm, tensile tannins, perhaps even more purity than the 2009, not a million miles away (both geographically and stylistically) from Mouton-Rothschild. The finish is very smooth with a sorbet-like freshness, firm grip, long in the mouth towards the finish with some crème de cassis and blueberry towards the finish. The Merlot content lends this a little more opulence than some of the other Pauillac 2010s. There is a lot of volume to this wine, really fills the mouth with a sweet, sensual finish, but keep find myself yearning for more Cabernet Sauvignon . Drink 2020-2050. Tasted March 2011.
2010 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 97-99
A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot, the Grand Puy Lacoste ’10 has 13.6% alcohol with a total acidity of around 3.5gms/L. It has a very complex bouquet that I leave over 5 minutes to open, developing ripe blackberry, cassis, oyster shell and a faint tang of Japanese nori (seaweed.) Very good complexity. The palate is beautifully balanced, this GPL revelling in this vintage that countenances the Cabernet Sauvignon so much. Very refined, powerful, beautifully focused with an unerring sense of symmetry. This is a magnificent Pauillac…bravo Xavier. Drink 2020- Tasted March 2011
och så Batailley (låter lovande)..
2010 Chateau Batailley 93-95
A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon (compared to 74% in 2009), 19% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc cropped at 36hl/ha. Philippe Casteja said that they picked quite late, the last Cabernet coming in on the 19th October (about three days later than in 2009.) The alcohol level comes in at 13.5 degrees. The Batailley ’10 has quite a creamy, sensual bouquet with macerated black fruits, a touch of crushed raspberry and a hint of vanilla pod. The definition is very fine. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, tensile tannins, a very good sense of symmetry that was discovered with the 2009, with the vintages telltale signs of graphite on the long finish. Very impressive. Quintessential Pauillac. Tasted April 2011.
Hans summering av Pauillac lät så här:
Money no object: Château Mouton-Rothschild
For the cellar: Château Latour, Chateau Grand Puy-Lacoste, Chateau Duhart-Milon
Potential value for money: Château Lynch-Moussas, Chateau Lacoste-Borie
Watching the pennies: Chateau Haut Bages Montpelou, Chateau Tour Sieujean