Bordeaux 1996: Tasting in 2002

This was yet another tiny selection of wines, this time assessed in 2002, at six years of age. It was rather an eclectic mixture, taking in one very pleasant but little-known second wine, wines from two rather old-school cru bourgeois estates and two classed growth properties.

Bordeaux 1996

Château Canuet, the second wine of Château Cantenac-Brown, showed a good, rather lean typicité; it lacked the concentration of a grand vin, but within this context it showed very nicely indeed. Château Coufran was solid, as ever. Château Cantemerle showed very well, and this wine will doubtless give me much pleasure over the coming years. The same, indeed, could also be said of Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse. But all the more serious wines undoubtedly need appropriate time in the cellar. (9/10/02)

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