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Delicious wines at all price levels

Delicious wines at all price levels

There’s plenty to get excited about in Bordeaux at the moment, with two exceptionally good vintages, 2016 and 2015, now coming on stream. Both are great at the under-£10 level, with the wines typically displaying ripe fruit and soft tannins – they are immediately appealing and taste delicious. The more up-scale wines from those vintages are too young to broach, but will be lovely in time. The 2011s, which were a little firm when first bottled, are now starting to show their colours. It’s a traditional vintage in the good sense, with the left bank wines showing particularly attractive savoury character.

The 2010s are showing well at the mid-price level but the majority of the more senior wines will benefit from further age. The 2009s are beautiful with generous texture and bags of class. Of the older vintages, 2007 and 2004 are still delicious, as are 2001 and 2000.

By the time you read this I will have visited Bordeaux for two full weeks to taste several hundred 2017s. The impression I get, from talking to those in the know, is that 2017 will be a curate’s egg – good (and in some instances very good) in parts. Tasting extensively and buying selectively will be crucial. Overall volumes though are down considerably, thanks to frosts in late April 2017, and so I have been stocking up on 2016s to secure our supply.

Tim Sykes
2018

Tim Sykes

Tim Sykes
Buyer for Bordeaux

2018



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