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2005 Bordeaux – ultimately outstanding…

Location: La Tupina, Bordeaux

Date: 17 December 2007

The 2005 Union des Grands Cru tasting was held at La Tupina on Monday 30 October. Over 100 of Bordeaux’s leading producers exhibited their wines as part of the annual ‘charm offensive’ that travels the world each October.

The tasting offered a number of surprises. The overal quality was outstanding with the Chateau of the Left Bank stealing the show. The St Emilion wines were surprisingly closed, along with the grand Chateaux of Pessac-Leognan. The sweet wines of Sauternes & Barsac showed beautifully and a number of the white wines of Graves were also exceptional.

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Domaine de Chevalier Pessac – Léognan Blanc

Very immediate. Beautiful aroma and very expressive. On the palate there is lots of spice, length and complexity. Excellent.

> £36 p/bottle (case of 12)

BBR

Château de Chantegrive Graves Blanc

Very expressive, balanced and elegant. Really quite special.

> £23 p/bottle

C&B

Château Branaire – Ducru Saint-Julien

Super-elegant, lovely depth, Closed but well balanced. Very fine

> £25.99 p/bottle

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Château Langoa Barton Saint-Julien

Super elegant, smooth. Promenant new oak. But good balance. Quite alluring all-in-all.

> £67 p/bottle (case of 12)

BBR

Château Léoville Barton Saint-Julien

Actually the finest thus far. Very expressive and very dynamic and complex. This has the spice, the fruit and gentle finish. A little of everything.

> £99 p/bottle (case of 12)

BBR

Your comments

I totally agree. The UGC 2005 tasting was one of the better ones i’ve been to recently.

J Crossley

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