Thursday, March 22, 2007

Union des Grands Crus (UGC) of Bordeaux

The UGC organizes every year a tasting for the Bordeaux wholesalers and brokers. This year, all the members present were showing the 2006 vintages. This represent 70% of the best in terms of quality and image from Bordeaux (102 classified growths).

I tasted the Saint Emilion, Pomerol and Graves. I will keep the rest for the next time as it would be a lot in one shot if you want to do this properly.
1st analyses right off the press: The 2006 are easy to taste, not too much acidity, ripe tannins, some wines (30%) are either light, vegetal, lean or too extracted. The others, around 70% of the wines presented, were either good or very good.

My favorite per appellation (based on richness, fruit, maturity, balance)
Graves : Carbonnieux, Chevalier, Haut Bailly (top), Haut Bergey, Larrivet Haut Brion, La tour Martillac, Carmes Haut Brion (top), Malartic Lagravière, Olivier, Pape Clément (top) and Smith Haut Lafitte (top).

Saint Emilion : Beauséjour Bécot, Berliquet, Canon La Gaffelière (top), Dassault, Figeac, Clos Fourtet (top), Grand Mayne, La Couspaude, Tour Figeac, Larmande, Pavie Macquin (top), Troplong Mondot (top), and of course La Dominique which is one of the top from this vintage, but my advise doesn’t count.

Pomerol : Vieux Château Certan, Clinet (top), Gazin (top), La Cabanne, La Conseillante (top), La Pointe, Petit Village, Croix de Gay.

You must not forget that I didn’t taste everything, that I might have forgotten some and that some of the stars were not present such as Angélus, Pavie, Evangile, Pavie Decesse, Cheval Blanc, as well as all the ones that are not members of the UGC.

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