Friday, January 22, 2010


Following a “compète” (power) lunch, with 2007 Blanc de Valandraud No. 1, 2004 Val de Flores (Argentina) red and 2003 Fleur Cardinale, both great, we went to Carles to tast a few batches of 2009 which were quite good – as those who are already familiar with this property can imagine.
Richness, purity, power, a Syrah type of nose, rare in Bordeaux, violets, beautiful Merlot and Malbec making you want to plant some. Certainly the best ever made in this property. It will not be the only one claiming this success with 2009 in Bordeaux. Before, tasting at Haut Mazeris where there too, while in a different way, less sophisticated, the batches are beautiful. Actually some have not yet completed their fermentation, a few grams still remaining and purchase of a few additional new barrels.
The handicap this wine has, like the other one, is not to be in Pomerol or St. Emilion. In any case, as far as Haut Mazeris is concerned, it is on the list of 3 great Parisian restaurants including L’Atelier and La Table of Robuchon, and of course Apicius, and also through us, Haut Mazeris, Carles and Haut Carles are on the list at Ledoyen, one of my favorite restaurants with Tan Dinh.

There is so much work to be done to publicize these 2 great wines from Bordeaux Fronsac !

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