Bordeaux 1996: Tasting in 2007

This tasting looked at some of the leading cru bourgeois properties of Bordeaux, including wines from Château Potensac, Château Poujeaux and Château d’Angludet, as well as the nebulously unclassified Château Gloria, all tasted at eleven years of age. In addition, there were a good number of lesser properties, as well as a duo from the other side of the Gironde, in the shape of a couple of wines from Fronsac, from Château de la Rivière and Château La Vieille Cure.

My opinion of this vintage is now well-formed, and this tasting has served only to strengthen my feelings about it; many of the wines from the left bank were really very good indeed. Most notable were Château Potensac and Château Gloria, and I am glad to have a few more of these in the cellar for future assessments.

Bordeaux 1996

Also very good were Château Poujeaux, which would have benefited from several more years in bottle, Liversan surprisingly so, and also Château Ormes de Pez, but sadly in each case this was my only bottle. I shall just have to console myself with future bottles of Château d’Angludet, another wine that continues to perform well, although it is still very much on the way up. (7/4/07)

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