Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

2008 Bordeaux Blind Tasting

A small selection of Bordeaux wines from the challenging 2008 vintage, tasted blind.

This selection of wines shows how wide the range of prices, and quality is in 2008, and frankly how price does not guarantee that quality. For example Cantenac was hit by significant hail in 2008, and the wines is frankly not worth buying while ont he other hand Ch. Potensac has produced an absolutely delicious wine that Bordeaux lovers will rejoice over. Take your pick at about $30!

1. Château Leoville Barton St. Julien (2008)

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Average price: $89.97 from 110 stores
Spicy and oaky on the nose with graphite and dried herbs layered over hard, fresh black currant fruit. Dry, hard and austere in the mouth. There’s some nuanced blackberry fruit on the palate and this feels a little extracted but it’s well balanced with great length. Tannic and hard, this is too lean to be from california. I bet it’s Bordeaux. Not a great vintage but a very well made wine for the cellar. A vin de garde. 90pts

My first of 8, the group’s second.

 
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