If Tuesday was a long day, then please tell me what Wednesday was. It was an early start, heading out from our hotel at 7:45am, and I am writing this in my hotel at some time past midnight. Our lengthy journey up and down the Médoc took in appointments as Lafite, Mouton, Cos d’Estournel, Montrose, Sociando-Mallet, Pichon-Lalande, Pichon-Baron, Léoville-Las-Cases and Pontet-Canet, before heading over to Chateau Branaire-Ducru for a tasting of just about every other St Estèphe, Pauillac and St Julien chateau you can think of (and not before a detour to Chateau Talbot where we thought this tasting was – a quick phone call soon had us on our way again).
We didn’t make it back into Bordeaux itself until about 8pm, so we went more or less direct to a restaurant for dinner, and hence my late finish tonight. As a consequence no thoughts or conclusions today. I’m off to bed. It’s another slightly less early start tomorrow for Palmer, Margaux, d’Issan, the rest of the Margaux commune, Latour, Haut Brion and Sauternes. This last tasting is anticipated; I acknowledge that I have only tasting two Sauternes so far (Suduiraut and Yquem) but they are both absolutely delicious. They are stuffed full of botrytis, and yet they have a lovely citrusy freshness and acidity. You have to go back to 2001 to find something comparable I think. I’ll have a better impression after tomorrow’s tasting though.