Bordeuax 2012 the tasting is on
The en primeur tasting week got underway this week in Bordeaux, and as ever there are differing opinions as to the quality of the vintage.
Respected wine critic and Decanter magazine's consultant editor Steven Spurrier is largely positive and finds 2012 much better than 2011.
But Decanter's Right Bank correspondent James Lawther MW says it’s an uneven vintage, due to the difficulties of the year. On the Right Bank the successful appellation seems to be Pomerol, an earlier ripening zone. Elsewhere in St Emilion and the other satellite appellations it very much depends on the terroir and the human input he says. American-based Jeff Leve of the Wine Cellar Insider said the further north you go in the Médoc, the greener the tannins become. The best wines he's tried so far have been in Pessac Léognan and Pomerol.