In response to Jean Bouteille’s comment on our French blog :
« Following your recommendation (RE Mondovino extended version), I tasted Harlan Estate 2002 (100/100 RP), 2003 (95/100 RP) and 1997 (100/100). The 2002 vintage, with intense and incomparable fruit largely deserved the maximum note; 2003, powerful and stimulating, but lacked acidity. And the legendary 1997 was closer to the 2003 vintage than 2002.
I will have a great souvenir of the 2002 but I feel that Harlan Estate tastes more like certain Châteauneuf Du Pape as well as some Amarone or Port than Bordeaux. »
In fact, in blind tasting with a series of great Bordeaux, Harlan Estate didn’t seem so different. But are great Bordeaux closer to Châteauneuf du Pape in ripe vintages? I won’t go as far as comparing them to Amarone or Port. Still some British journalists have not missed the opportunity to say it…
In any case, for your taste, you don’t spare any expense! In a future film, I promise to chose cheaper wines!