Above - overly optimistic outdoor furniture at Cheval Blanc with Evangile in the distance
I am going to keep this short. The cream was thoroughly spread on the cracker some hours ago and said biscuit has now become distinctly soggy.
I was unsure how long it would take me to get to my first appointment in Pomerol this morning, so left an hour and a quarter and thank goodness I did. I arrived at Evangile with 2 minutes to spare, feeling rather smug about my time keeping. Evangile rocks. How Merlot can be quite fo linear and focussed I have no idea, but I'd like to find myself floating in a large glass of this stuff at some stage in the future.
There followed, in short order, Vieux Chateau Certan (a delight, as ever), Cheval Blanc (wondrous 2nd wine), Figeac (a stunner; and I got to taste from barrels of pure Merlot, Cabernet Franc amnd Cabernet Sauvignon: a real treat) and Ausone.
The annual day in the Libournais is becoming increasingly impossible. There are simply too many tastings. One has to go to the chateau to taste Canon, which I did (it's achingly beautiful, by the way) and since there's work being done to Angelus, one has to head out to Lalande de Pomerol and Fleur de Bouard to taste all the wines for which Hubert de Bouard consults (maybe 30 wines here).
Then I wanted to taste Beausejour Duffau Lagarosse, which was being showsn with the other Nicolas Thienpont consultancies, at Pavie Macquin. Perhaps eight wines there.
Then I headed to Pavie and tasted maybe seven wines there (don't like them much, as they lack any sort of elegance). After that, I headed to Canon La Gaffeliere, where |I could hvae tasted 20 wines, but restricted myself to 7 or 8.
I wanted to go to the Thunevin tasting (up to c. 50 wines there), but didn't haved time. And neither did I have time for the Derononcourt tasting, called La Grappe, where I could have sampled perhaps 75 further samples.
I did make it to Eglise Clinet and what wines I found there. Rapture!
And, of course, I visitedf Conseillante for the UGC Pomerol tasting and Soutard for the St Emilions, avoiding the Cercle du Rive Droit, which I would have liked to go to, but found I couldn't fit another 150 notes in my tasting book. And I ran out of Thursday.
And it's been raining all day.
There are masses of lovely wines on the Right Bank. The Merlots on clay (a cooler soil than gravel) came in at much more sensible levels of ripeness than their counterparts of the other bank (some of which achieved 15.5%abv) and many of the wines are extremely elegant and offer beautiful fruit, fresh acidity and noble tannins.
One last comment...I like elegant wines. I don't like the highly extracted; the tannins that feel like they've been extruded from mdf at some industrial plant. So, having said that, I will name Ausone, VCC and Canon as my men of the match. But there were many others I could have chosen.
By the way, I have no idea if anyone actually reads this stuff and it is quite a bit of effort to sit down and hammer it out every night when I return to the hotel and before I do anything else. If you have been following these musings, could you please either ping me an email or leave a comment on the blog just to let me know that there is someone somewhere out there??