Overall, people had a very good impression of these Bordeaux Right Bank wines and the vintage (all from 2004). While it was a vintage that is supposed to be maturing early, several of these wines can and should continue to be cellared for more time. They were very concentrated, with lots of fruit in most of the wines, balanced with good acidity, tannins, and structure.
As you can see below, Peter Boyd, our guest speaker, and the group had different palates when it came time to rank their favourite wines! The group preferred the most expensive wine of the evening, the Beausejour-Becot from St. Emilion while Peter ranked it close to the bottom! Peter's favourite was the Beauregard from Pomerol, a less fruity, more austere wine than the St. Emilions. There was more agreement on the wines placing 2nd, 3rd and 4th and last. The group ranked St. Emilion wines in their top 3 and bottom 2 with the Pomerols sandwiched in the middle.
Here are the rankings of the wines in the order in which they were poured.
Guest Speaker’s Rankings
2. D’aiguilhe, St. Emilion $38.70
5. Troplong Mondot, St. Emilion $69.00
1. Beauregard, Pomerol $49.00
6. Le Bon Pasteur, Pomerol $67.00
3. Certan-Marzelle, Pomerol $64.50
8. Barde Haut, St. Emilion $59.00
4. Beausejour (Duffau-Lagarrosse), St. Emilion $64.00
7. Beausejour-Becot, St. Emilion $65.00
3. D’aiguilhe, St. Emilion $38.70
8. Troplong Mondot, St. Emilion $69.00
5. Beauregard, Pomerol $49.00
4. Le Bon Pasteur, Pomerol $67.00
6. Certan-Marzelle, Pomerol $64.50
7. Barde Haut, St. Emilion $59.00
2. Beausejour (Duffau-Lagarrosse), St. Emilion $64.00
1. Beausejour-Becot, St. Emilion $65.00
Thanks to Peter Boyd and our attendees for a very enjoyable evening of wonderful wines!