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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

On being in bordeaux

Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 10, 2010.

Sorry for my absence folks but I have been in Bordeaux since the end of last week. Really a surprising visit with many wonderful experiences, and wines of course. I'll be writing up a ton of info soon but i was just wondering if anyone had any questions or comments to help get me going?


Reply by VegasOenophile, Jun 10, 2010.

Did you get to barrel taste any 2009s?  Just curious since they're getting all that press right now.  Well, in WS anyway.

Reply by dmcker, Jun 10, 2010.

I asked the same question in the other thread you started a while back, Greg. Also a quick top-10 of those 2007s you've been tasting? Overall impressions of each vintage, any dark horse standouts at the Cru Bourgeois-type level, good eats, good winery experiences, etc., etc.?

Reply by StevenBabb, Jun 11, 2010.

i'd like to see some pictures.... i'm sure your write ups will be great and detailed.... i just thik it's always nice to have a little visual to go along....

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 14, 2010.

Tasted quite a few 2009s. they are special, probably very special indeed but not easy and it looks like 2005 is a more consistent vintage but the best 2009s seem to be real super stars.


Having said that, I don't think these superstars are going to be worth the tariff. I tasted quite a few wines from "lesser" vintages like 2004 that were nearly as good, ok not quite, but at a fraction of the price I can't find the justification for loading up on 09's yet.




Look for an email nextweek that is only pics!

Reply by amour, Jun 14, 2010.

On the consistency point, as I understand it,

2009 in not at all as consistent as 2005 but

2009 does show peaks of quality beyond belief!

The 2009 Left Bank and 2009 Graves are said to be remarkable.

Are you able to confirm?

I have drunk Chateau Gloria Saint Julien over the years

and was told that 2009 is going to be most outstanding....very deep and layered.....

(keeping for 25 years...hoping to be still alive!).

It will be shipping in the Fall.

Prices seem great, but someone has suggested to me that they will go up.

Chateau Goulee Medoc 2009  and Chateau Croix Mouton Bordeaux Superieur 2009 are both very reasonably priced at the moment ($20.00) or less.

Reply by cigarman168, Jun 14, 2010.

Pls recommend good place or winery to visits and restaurants recommended. Of course, any gems suggestion with good prices.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 15, 2010.

Amour, you are correct though I did not try enough wines to really find any regional trends.

I think that looking towrad the less expensive wines makes sense in Bordeaux as a lot fo the great growths are simply too expensive vis a vis the vintages that are currently available with proven track records.

I look forward to the opportunity to try more 09's in the coming year but, for my palate there are simply too many great 2001s, 2004s, and 2006s at great prices for me to be interested in paying a premium en primeur for 2009.


Cigarman - will be coming soon!


Reply by cigarman168, Jun 15, 2010.

2004s, my favourites : value for money

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 15, 2010.

DM - tomorrow or so I should have time to type up the notes from the 2007 tasting. I really don't remember too much from it, other than the variability but a bottle of 2004 La Lagune was awfully good, and I previously omitted 2002 - a mere over sight on my part!

Reply by StevenBabb, Jun 15, 2010.

thanks greg!

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