• 2011 Bordeaux Barrel Samples
2011 Bordeaux Barrel Samples

2011 Bordeaux Barrel Samples

Bordeaux 2011 - A Sneak Peek

article originally featured in Wine Spectator Mar 26th 2012


Here's a sneak peek at some 2011 Bordeaux barrel tastings as the region's en primeur campaign gets set to kick off this spring. The below listed wines were blind-tasted in Wine Spectator's New York office. The bulk of my en primeur tastings will be held in Bordeaux over the next two weeks, as I visit several chateaus and then taste through a sampling of several hundred additional wines.

Generally, the wines feature vivid color and acidity, with a slightly snappy profile that should soften well enough in the better examples. 2011 will be a stark contrast to the lush fruit of 2009 or the well-integrated, racy structure of 2010.

"It's like '01-a pretty vintage, with good ripeness and lovely aromas," said Pierre Rebaud of Chateau Gaby, in Canon-Fronsac.

CHATEAU LA VIEILLE CURE Fronsac 2011 Score: 89-92
Still primal, with sappy kirsch and plum notes. There's also lots of sweet toast to be soaked up, but this has a fleshy edge that belies the vintage's profile. -J.M.

Chateau La Vieille Cure vintages Vieille Cure Vintages

CHATEAU GRAND CORBIN-DESPAGNE St.-Emilion 2011 Score: 88-91
On the taut side, with perky acidity and a strong chalky frame to the vivid cassis and blackberry notes. Rather tight now, but with solid concentration-if the acidity doesn't remain too angular. —J.M.

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