Saturday, March 13, 2010

Decanter, April 2010

The last issue of Decanter (April) features a big tasting of Saint Emilion Grand Crus Classé, 1st A and B and Pomerol which, thank god, has no classification.

Why thank god? I don’t know the names of the of the people who were in charge of this dream appellation and refused a Pomerol classification system, even though there were historically plenty, with prices (there too), notoriety.
Why thank god? because thanks to this, Clos du Beau Père 2007 was able to receive 3 stars and was rated 16.2 out of 20 with the following comment:
"Dense, sweet, oaky nose with lush fruit. Lacks a little complexity, but it is structured and spicy. Good length. From 2012" (SB)
3 stars is a bit in the absolute, but it was listed just below, Chateau La Violette 12th, Le Gay 15th and Clos du Beau Père 16th and above many established stars!
I recommend you buy Decanter, it’s a nice publication.
Also well placed, Clément Fayat’s Prieurs de la Commanderie 2007.

Regarding Saint Emilion, and I don’t thank anybody, it was not possible to present Valandraud, Virginie de Valandraud or Clos Badon which, as everyone knows, are not (yet) classified!
There too, very good scores with an excellent first place for Troplong Mondot 2007, which, with 4 stars, is in front of Angelus and Cheval Blanc, and the astonishing Dassault and La Clotte which, at this level of classification offer incredible quality-price ratio.
La Dominique and Fleur Cardinale received 3 stars: these 2 wines are undeniably good, and sure values today in Saint Emilion.

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