Bordeaux trip 2007-Update #1

Bordeaux trip 2007 Update

So it is 1:50am here in Bordeaux and the trip is going amazingly well. I have been to Chateau Margaux, Le Gay, Brane Cantenac, Haut Brisson, Reignac and Cos D’estrounel. I am really excited about a lot of the wines I have tasted and I can honestly say I am absolutely floored by the quality of the 2005’s! I am extremely surprised how shockingly good the 2004 and 2006 vintages that I have tasted are. I am very worried that the 2006 prices will be high(which would be too bad since they seem good), the wines seem very strong and the 2006 Cos was a 95-97 point wine but after the huge 2005 futures rush anything short of a 35-50% reduction in price will result in a soft market. The 2004 have been a huge surprise and I am really blown away by the freshness and elegance of these wines and given the prices there will be some real steals. I will not say much about the 2005 except that the 2005 Margaux I had was the best young wine I have ever had and I scored it a 100! I have also been in many meetings tasting wines and have had a few very special dinners with friends. Below are the scores only from the trip so far.

Chateau Margaux 2005—100
Chateau Margaux 2004—95
Cos D’Estrounel 2006—95-97
Chateau Haut Brion 2003—94
Cheval Blanc 2003—94
Chateau Pichon Lalande 1996—96
Brane-Cantenac 2004—90
Brane-Cantenac 2005—92-95
Brane-Cantenac 2006—87-90
Brane-Cantenac 1985—90
Chateau Leoville Barton 2004—90
Chateau Angelus 2004—93
Chateau Montrose 2004—91
Chateau Pontet Canet 2004—94+
Chateau Pichon Lalande 2004—92
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1962—91 :)
Reignac 2001—89
Reignac 2002—88+?
Reignac 2003—90
Reignac 2004—90
Reignac 2005—92-94
Balthus 2004—93
Balthus 2005—94-96
Balthus 2006—92-95
Le Gay 2005—98+
Le Gay 2006—93-95

Surprises of the trip so far.

Monbousquet 2002—92 I have had many bad 2002’s on this trip but this has it going on.
Chateau Montviel 2005—92-95 Man is this winery on the rise
Couvent Des Jaconins St Emilion 2000—91 What is this?


I have had many more and at least 200+ that I scored under 86 points, I also had a slew of 1st growths that were older but need to go and look at the notes. I miss you guys. I have a WHOLE lot more tasting coming up!
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  • http://www.tagworld.com/brian1970 TagWorld Brian

    Gary, this slack week really put Vayniac Nation to the test… and I think they pulled through. I’m looking forward to my alma mater UCLA Bruins beating Kansas, and North Carolina wiping out USC. But I guess we’ll see. But if it ended up being UCLA vs. USC, what a game! (Brackets say its possible.)

  • http://www.tagworld.com/brian1970 TagWorld Brian

    Gary, this slack week really put Vayniac Nation to the test… and I think they pulled through. I’m looking forward to my alma mater UCLA Bruins beating Kansas, and North Carolina wiping out USC. But I guess we’ll see. But if it ended up being UCLA vs. USC, what a game! (Brackets say its possible.)

  • Wendy Elam

    OMG! france! you lucky sob! i hope you took your family with you! they deserve it, i’m sure. bring back some great bargains for us, some surprises, some futures (by the bottle — for us “I can’t believe I spent $50 for a bottle of wine” folks out here.) QOTD: Drinking wine! what the hell do you think we do when you ARE here?!

  • Wendy Elam

    OMG! france! you lucky sob! i hope you took your family with you! they deserve it, i’m sure. bring back some great bargains for us, some surprises, some futures (by the bottle — for us “I can’t believe I spent $50 for a bottle of wine” folks out here.) QOTD: Drinking wine! what the hell do you think we do when you ARE here?!

  • Wino

    QOTD- I am just sitting and looking at my computer. I keep hitting the TV button hoping for my next fix of Gary V, but alas, there is none……….

    Enjoy Bordeaux you lucky stiff!

  • Wino

    QOTD- I am just sitting and looking at my computer. I keep hitting the TV button hoping for my next fix of Gary V, but alas, there is none……….

    Enjoy Bordeaux you lucky stiff!

  • http://www.tagworld.com/brian1970 TagWorld Brian

    Well, following up my comment 126 above – I predicted 100% accurately: USC beaten by N. Carolina, and UCLA going to the final four (bye bye Kansas). Prediction isn’t the QOTD anymore, but just thought I’d gloat for a moment. Now UCLA just has to survive to the end, and I’ll be a very very happy man.

  • http://www.tagworld.com/brian1970 TagWorld Brian

    Well, following up my comment 126 above – I predicted 100% accurately: USC beaten by N. Carolina, and UCLA going to the final four (bye bye Kansas). Prediction isn’t the QOTD anymore, but just thought I’d gloat for a moment. Now UCLA just has to survive to the end, and I’ll be a very very happy man.

  • Joyce

    OK OK, I can’t stand it anymore!!!!!!!!!!!! I want my WLTV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joyce

    OK OK, I can’t stand it anymore!!!!!!!!!!!! I want my WLTV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Harold

    When I found out about Gary’s trip I thought “Wow, what a cool trip. I hope he has an amazing time.” Now all those well wishes have left and I find myself grumbling each day when there isn’t a new WLTV podcast waiting for me. Get your butt back here Gary.

  • Harold

    When I found out about Gary’s trip I thought “Wow, what a cool trip. I hope he has an amazing time.” Now all those well wishes have left and I find myself grumbling each day when there isn’t a new WLTV podcast waiting for me. Get your butt back here Gary.

  • John__J

    a 62 Lafite! wow. You’re a lucky guy Gary, good for you. i’m jealous too.
    qotd: wondering if you’ll see my req for a vin jaune episode.

  • John J.

    a 62 Lafite! wow. You’re a lucky guy Gary, good for you. i’m jealous too.
    qotd: wondering if you’ll see my req for a vin jaune episode.

  • corkscrew

    So you got to drink some expensive wine… http://www.winelx.com

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