Becky Sue Epstein is back in Bordeaux, for the annual en primeur tastings. She continues her live coverage from France here. It has begun. The criss-crossing of Bordeaux by hundreds of journalists and thousands of buyers, swirling, sniffing, sipping and spitting hundreds of samples of the new wines, the vintage 2010 wines from the great châteaux of Bordeaux, the Unions des Grands Crus (UGC).
Less than an hour out of the city of Bordeaux and we’re stopped in a little lane in the middle of a farm. “The GPS says it’s here,” the driver offers, looking around at what is obviously not the château we’re looking for. He calls headquarters. Frankly, I can’t understand how anyone finds their way around the famed regions of Sauternes and Barsac in the southern part of Bordeaux.
Light aromas with Coutet's typical pineapple predominating, then opening in this big, mature wine. Balance overlays sweetness. It holds its own with cake and enhances blue cheese.
Light at first, opening to a rich fruitiness, with the fruit peel botrytis underneath plums and honey, in a nice finish, too.
"Powerful" was the description I was given, and it's true. Tangerine nose, with a bit of apricot, too. Thick, honeyed mouthfeel. More apricot and tangerine peel in the finish. Perfect botrytis occurred this vintage. Great with lobster + butter.
Straw-gold color. Honey-strawberry aromas over deeper tangerine peel flavor. Tangerine-peach exhale with a touch of pineapple compote. As it opens in the glass, a nice, lemony tang appears. Not a fruit salad, but a wine you could drink with a fruit tart.
Opens with light floral underlain by apricot. Fresh, light fruit flavors of apricot, peach, with pineapple and tangerine peel in the long finish. Beautifully balanced. Light-medium body. Still young.
The marvelous people from Cork & Cracker, in Indianapolis, contributed this amazing French set. It includes a bottle of N.V. Pierre Peters Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée de Réserve, a personal favorite, a 93-Parker rated Chateau St. Pierre 2003, and a 750ml Château Doisy-Daëne. Total retail value is $200.00.