Days 3 and 4 require real stamina as the tastings continue and detailed notes need to be taken for every wine. Our palates were starting to tire but we persevered with the wines of St. Emilion, Pomerol and Graves. The properties at most of the châteaux are stunning and in some cases brand new cellars had been built since last year.
|The Bancroft Team in the Cheval Blanc gardens|
|The very impressive new cellars at Ch. Cheval-Blanc|
We visited the new space ship at Cheval Blanc and Martin inspected some giant wellington boots at Ch. Lagrange.
|Martin inspects the giant wellies at Ch. Lagrange|
Various châteaux host the lunches for each of the different UGC tastings where a fine selection of rich French dishes are served, foie gras, duck confit and cheese in particular. This year’s best lunch goes to Château Beauregard, St. Emilion.
The 2011 vintage certainly won’t go down in the history books as one of the greatest but variations between vintages and appellations is what makes the wines of Bordeaux so fascinating to explore. There are wines worth a mention from this campaign, which Bancroft Wines will be publishing over the next few weeks.
Written by Alex Robertson, Fine Wine Sales