Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The London International Wine Fair 2012-Union Des Grand Crus Bordeaux 2008 Tasting

The floor at LIWF 2012
I was lucky enough to be given the day off to go down and represent Moncharm at the LIWF and more specifically the Union Des Grand Crus Bordeaux 2008 tasting. It was a beautiful summer’s day and I met some great people within the industry to discuss wine investment with but the 2008’s proved to be quite a challenge to taste as most of them were quite closed down now and would definitely benefit from a few years of cellaring (a tough tasting indeed). However the art of wine tasting is to be able to recognise quality even if the wine is young. I won’t go into details about each and every wine I tasted as there were far too many to mention but the real standouts were as follows.
Clinet 2008 – The star of the show – full bodied –Powerful and very alcoholic-Certainly one to watch.
Lynch Bages 2008 –A long standing favourite of mine-very tannic and dry-cherries spice and cedar-should be excellent in years to come.

There were other Chateaux that will certainly be excellent in years to come, Pichon lalande springs to mind it was soft sweet and very pleasant on the palate, Clerc Milon was also worth a mention.
Chateau Doisy Daene (Sauternes) was an absolute pleasure to drink with a fabulous nose of grapefruit that once on the palate turned into a sweet tropical fruit bomb. I can safely say I will be buying a case of this fairly soon as I was impressed.   

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