2008 Bordeaux Retrospective – 10 Years On
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including 20 QP Wines out of 74 Châteaux
Here is a teaser for my main article, covering no less than 74 top Château, in the Members only Taste section of my website.
Brief vintage overview – This small harvest was notable for its relatively uninspiring vintage conditions throughout the growing season. The fact that some superb wines were made was thanks to an Indian summer which allowed the bunches to ripen slowly with no pressure to pick. There are nice wines throughout the region, although they are not perhaps as predictable as one might find in a so-called ‘classic’ year. The most important factor is that well-chosen 2008s still seem to provide superb value for money so look through the list in the full article and act fast because this will not be the case for much longer. From the 2009 vintage onwards, you will be aware that prices have climbed steeply, so this could be viewed as the last good value Bordeaux vintage of the modern era.
One teaser Château offering stunning QP (value).
2008 Château Haut-Bailly, Cru Classé, Pessac-Léognan £650-700
EP Score 17/20; 2018 Score 17.5+/20 – developing nicely, this is a lush and fruit-soaked wine and while the oak is ever-present the fruit is hedonistic and very much in charge. This is a fabulous wine.
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