Lunch with Pierre Le Hong and Eric Bernardin who are working on a book on Saint Emilion, similar to the already successful one on Médoc’s classified growths (over 3000 copies sold).
As usual, I had a load of questions and answers at the office and afterwards, I went home for lunch and practical work:
Virginie de Valandraud 1997, wine to drink, opened and pretty good for this vintage, especially since we are at the crossroad between a 2nd wine and an “Alter Ego”, a pretty name found by Château Palmer for their “second” wine. Then, Valandraud 1994, wine always surprising by its qualities and the fact that it is probably one of the wines of the vintage, a classic vintage in Bordeaux , which, in Bordeaux, means less sun providing less ripe grapes.
In any case, it is important to remember that the danger in Bordeaux, is over-ripeness, and as we are in an area with a reasonable climate, there are not many examples of wine affected by this over-ripeness - our Loch Ness monster - deserve all the signs of the cross to ward off Rolland-Parker-Bettane and others, if proof was necessary for all the prayers against those damn overripe wines, all of these exorcisms work