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2008 Château Smith Haut-Lafitte

This white Bordeaux spent 12 months in 50% new barrels. The nose was shy, the color almost clear. On the palate it was subtle and soft, offering tropical fruit on the attack, getting tart as it lingered on the palate, but never overpowering. Acids are not prevalent, so drink it now, with garlic crab. Recommended.
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2008 Château Pape Clément

This still-young wine spent 18-22 months in new barrels. Soft tannins outweigh acids. Primary flavors are tart red fruit, cranberry and rhubarb, with some dark cherry in the background, evolving toward darker fruits followed by unsweetened chocolate on the finish. Overall mouth-feel was rich. Recommended.
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2008 Château Tour Chapoux

Sweet pepper and a bit of formaldehyde in the nose. Raspberry notes on the palate, but short on the fruit, with the tannins seeming coming in prematurely. Bitter finish. Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but I gotta say: Not recommended.
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Live in BDX: A Hot Afternoon in Saint-Émilion & Pomerol, Party Time in Bordeaux

Before we began the day with our formal tasting, we all trooped over to Château Cheval Blanc. It was, as usual, a media circus with the top wine critics from around the world shooting interviews with each other and with dapper, sophisticated winery manager Pierre Lurton -- who we would later also see at the Château d’Yquem tasting – the other property he manages.