The last tasting of the Grand Jury Européen organized on January 11, 2011 at the restaurant Laurent highlighted the high quality of the wines from Chateau Lascombes and Léoville Poyferré in 2005, even better than some of the more expensive wines from the 1855 classification. Looking more carefully at the results of this tasting, I recommend to take a closer look at Chateau Rauzan Gassies which seems to be progressing fast and at a price that is still correct if one takes into account its place as a 2nd growth in 1855!
Like any tasting of the Grand Jury, some people will agree, some not, but, meanwhile, Lascombes has been making great wines since 2001 and this, I already knew, while Léoville Poyferré is already widely recognized in our trade.
In Terre de Vins N°9, an article featuring « Bettane & Desseauve selection » :
BAD BOY 2007 Bordeaux red 16/20
“Jean Luc Thunevin has developed a negociant business as well as consultant for many properties. Specialist in luxury wines, he still continues to innovate, and his greatest achievement is undoubtedly this Bordeaux produced like a grand cru, a gamble he has succeeded brilliantly. Full, mature, ambitious, balanced and fruity, this high-class Bordeaux that can cellared for a bit is a bad boy and a damn gentleman”.