Having negotiated an early breakfast, though sadly no hot eggs and bacon, at 7am we were off and running by 7.30 heading up to Branire-Ducru for the first visit of the day.
The snoring from the back row started early but fortunately never became too loud. The wine showed well and as a ever Patrick Maroteaux was a real pleasure to chat with.
From St. Julien it was then north to Pauillac to taste at Latour. The room waiting room had the biggest door I have seen in years and a wide scene TV the size of a snooker table… with the raining pouring outside it was tempting to spend the day! The tasting was very useful as we tasted the 2014, that if current practices continue will not be offered for some time, and the recent older vintages releases. Both showed very good quality as you’d expect.
Staying in Pauillac it was Grand Puy Lacoste (GPL) next, we tasted this wine several times over the week and it always showed well, one to keep a close eye out for. Excllent bread sticks also.
The ‘Barton’ wines were next, tasted at the impressive new set up at Mauvesin Barton, we bumped into some of the competition here which was enjoyable, a couple of nice exchanges.
Crossing banks for lunch saw us enjoy a couple of bottles of La Dauphine 2007 at L’Envers de Décor in St. Emilion. I kept my run of Veal everyday going in the packed restaurant, massive wine list, not massively generous prices.
Tertre Roteboeuf was our first post lunch tasting, and the wines were, almost, boringly good, he really is a wizard Mr Mitjavile, how he get such succulence and focus is frankly a mystery to me. There will be an interview up on the site very soon. The family is a gifted one, Louis Mitjavile at Domaine de L’Aurage in Castillon was next and the 2014 here is surely the best yet, Louis is always engaging but you could tell he was on to a good thing here.
One of our newest relationships is with the Labruyere Family and Edouard in particular, the wines span Burgundy, Moulin a Vent and Pomerol. Rouget is the Pomerol property and the wine was superb this year, succulence and freshness. Edouard through his time in other regions and as a courtier in Bordeaux is a fascinating man to listen to on all topics in Bordeaux, the interview we did will be up soon and needs watching.
We divided forces here with Paul and Adam heading off for a dinner in Pessac while Edouard generously drop us in St. Emilion as we had a very generous dinner offer from one of my customers who is a great wine lover and very generous too. It was lovely to break up the Bordeaux with some Champagne and Burgundy. It was a very fun evening with some great anecdotes and no lack of wine. Helen did a good job of depositing us back at the Hotel – Tuesday was going to be a long day!
46 wines sampled (28 tasted and 18 tasted/consumed)
196 wines sampled (159 tasted and 37 tasted/consumed)