I haven't been blogging with my normal frequency because I've been lying low in Bordeaux, reviewing hundreds of 2004 reds from bottle in blind tastings here at Les Sources de Caudalie, a beautiful hotel in Pessac-Leognan. I have about 400 samples here, from Le Pin to Bonnet, and I have been trying to get through them as quickly and as accurately as possible. I keep on worrying that I am going to come down with a full blown cold! The weather is always changing from clean and cold to dark and rainy. The heat in the hotel is like a sauna. It’s perfect for incubating germs.
So as long as I am well, I am powering through the wines. I have already tasted about 200 wines in three days. But I don’t feel that well at the moment. May be it’s the flu?
I think that 2004 is going to please a lot of people. The wines remind me of the 2001. They are typical Bordeaux with lovely perfumes of berries and flowers and medium to full-bodied palates, with refined tannins and a long finish. Very few of the wines, from top growths to lesser ones, have herbaceous, green character. The only drawback is that some suffer from over extraction during fermentation and maceration, whereby they show tough tannins and a slightly hollow center palate. But on whole, I like this vintage. It is not a great one like 2005, but it made very good to outstanding wines that will be a fraction of the prices commanded for 2003 and 2005.
My throat, as I write this, seems a bit itchy and not right. Yikes! Wish me luck. 200 more wines to go, not including Sauternes. I spoke to my 8-year-old daughter, Isabel, in Yorkshire yesterday. She sings in one of Europe’s greatest choirs, the York Minster. I told her that I was worried about catching a cold.
“Don’t worry daddy. You will be okay. I have the same problem. If I catch a cold, I can’t sing,” she said. Bless her heart. And I hope someone blesses mine, as I prepare for another day of tasting. I still have a lot to taste!
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