So excited to read the June 30, 2011 issue of Wine Spectator and see that Mr. Molesworth has given some of my favorite wineries top points! I also tasted these wines at En Primeur, and agree with his notes.
Happy to see that Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac 2010) received 95 – 98 points, with Mr. Molesworth calling the wine “Mouthfilling, with graceful layers of fig sauce, currant preserves and Kenya AA. Powerful finish with iron-clad tannins and a hint of Loam.”
Former WS editor James Suckling also called the 2003 Pichon-Longueville the “Wine of the Year”
I was fortunate enough to win a scholarship through the Masters of Wine educational programme that allowed me to meet with Christopher Seely, AXA Millesimes’ managing director (which owns Pichon-Longueville and others) to enjoy a vertical tasting of Pichon-Longueville, experience a festive lunch with the workers, and tour many AXA properties around the world.
Christian Seely and Chateau Suduiraut technical director Pierre Montégut also get kudos from Mr. Molesworth for the Chateau Suduiraut 2010, which scored 93 – 95 points and is described as “big, with clean raw date, glazed pear, creamy peach, and fig character.”
Pierre Montegut made my visit to Ch Suduiraut a lot of fun — I picked botrityzed grapes, got a lot of arm exercise pressing the grapes, and then enjoyed a vertical tasting of several vintages with gourmet Chinese food from the best Chinese restaurant in Bordeaux.
Very happy to see that one of my favorite Bordeaux families, the Dubourdieu family, got a high score for their Chateau Doisy Daene Barsac L’Extravagant 2010. I had the good fortune to stay with the family during En Primeur last year, learn from Professor Denis Dubourdieu’s wisdom during a vertical tasting and and dinner, and also experience the warmth of Florence Dubourdieu and the charm of talented sons Fabrice and Jean-Jacques.
You can read about my experiences with the family here:
This year at En Primeur, the very elegant opening dinner was at Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte, hosted by gracious owners Daniel and Florence Cathiard. I had met them a year before, when I had been a guest at their house during En Primeur for a few nights and a lovely black-tie dinner with incredible library wines.
James Molesworth gave their Pessac-Leognan White 2010 toop marks, calling it “Caressing, with macadamia framing yellow plum, straw, and verbena.”
And more praise to American born Aline Baly, who with her uncle runs Chateau Coutet. Mr. Molesworth praised the Chateau Coutet Barsac 2010, giving it 93 – 95 points and calling it “ripe and fleshy, with peach, apricot, and honey, orange blossom, and fig.”