Day 3 – Bordeaux 2022 Tour

by Tom Lorimer

Tom Lorimer from our private clients team takes us through the third day on the road in Bordeaux:

Day 3

Traditional viticultureA fairly straightforward itinerary for the team today: work out how to open boot the on our over-designed hire car, mop-up the rest of the right bank, and then head north to start tackling the vast expanse of the left bank.

2022 is not vintage that people can (or seem to want to) compare to any other. It appears unique and atypical in every sense. However, the previous two days have firmly established we have an exceptional vintage on our hands. There are just too many broad smiles amongst Ch芒teau owners to suggest otherwise, but it鈥檚 also evident as each tasting progresses that most, given extremely complex weather conditions, have probably dodged a bullet and been blessed with some extraordinary luck.

Notes from today’s Ch芒teaux:

Ch芒teau L’脡glise Clinet, Pomerol – now under the stewardship of the late Denis Durantou鈥檚 daughters, Constance and No毛mie – a stable that also includes Saintem, La Chenade, LesClos Fourtet Cruzelles, and Ch芒teau Montlandrie. An awful lot to like across the board here. Exceptional balance and freshness. The exuberance in Constance鈥檚 demeanour said it all.

Clos Fourtet – Pierre Cuvelier was as engaging a precise as all his wines here. Super effort.

Canon-la-Gaffeli猫re – Stephan von Neipperg is very proud of their wines (as were we). Hedonistic sweet fruit, great structure and balance.

The Line Up at La Gaffeli猫re La Gaffeli猫re
Thomas Soubes wasn鈥檛 worried about anything with his 2022s. If there was a comparison to be made he suggested the legendary ’55 and ’59鈥檚, but maybe even better.

Ausone – We enjoyed our time with Alain Vauthier. Apart from the obvious exceptionalism of Ausone, it鈥檚 鈥榖aby鈥 brother Moulin-St-Georges really made its case. Always great value.

La Mauriane – always humbling to spend time with Pierre Ta茂x in Sussex-like Puisseguin. He was worried he might be looking at another 2003 vintage so was completely surprised by 2022 (as so many are) and he has made stunning wines that are immensely affordable cellar fillers, in all formats.

Thence to Angelus / Smith Haut Lafitte / Haut Bailly which gave us a very good lead into Carmes HautDecorated vats at Carmes Haut Brion - a new design for every vintage-Brion – wines with breath-taking precision. Guillaume metaphorically cartwheeled through the winery. Tasting his wines, we all know why and this will garner huge attention in the weeks to come.

Haut-Brion – Always the very smartest of tastings. As ever, hugely monolithic wines that don鈥檛 give much away at this stage. Decades of patience – always rewarded.

 

 

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