First Growth Bordeaux Tasting

Posted on: May 12th, 2005 by

I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to taste all the first growth Bordeauxs from 1999. They are:

Chateau Haut-Brion
Chateau Margaux
Chateau Latour
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild
Chateau Lafite-Rothschild
Chateau Cheval Blanc

All these wines range in price from $175-$250!

What blew me away was how approachable and elegant these wines were, with nice acidity. I thought they would me monsters, with mouth-searing tannins. I also thought that they would not be drinkable after only 6 years, but they certainly are (although we did double-decant them about 4 hours before tasting).

So I am now ready to admit that the great wines of Bordeaux are truly amazing wines. But Burgundy still rules.

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