Bordeaux 2018 at Two Years: Pessac-Léognan, White
Moving on from the red wines of Pessac-Léognan we come, naturally enough, to the whites. I have slightly fewer wines to report on here than I did for the red wines, partly because a number of châteaux in the appellation produce red wine and not white, two that are pertinent to this report being Château Haut-Bailly and Château Le Thil Comte Clary, and partly because one château sent samples of their reds, but not their whites. Even so, I still have 25 white wines to report on, including a trio from the broader Graves appellation, to the south of Pessac-Léognan.
I remember the primeurs tasting of Pessac-Léognan very well; the journalist-only tasting arranged by the syndicat is regularly an oasis of quiet, seated, tasting tranquillity (I recall the first year the syndicat put on this tasting; it had not been well publicised and I was the only taster present all morning – it was tasting bliss!). It is always hosted by one of the syndicat’s members, and if memory serves me correctly for the 2018 primeurs it was at Château Rouillac. I started with the reds which showed really well, typical of the vintage, being ripe, textured and broad, wines which were easy to taste and appreciate.