Bordeaux 2012: The Usual Suspects - By Tom Jenkins, Bordeaux Buyer
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The challenge on the left bank was to wait for maturity and risk dilution and rot or cut one's losses and harvest before the rain. At the time of the primeur tastings our Chairman said that ‘terroir, technique and timing were all key to success in 2012'. How right he was.On the evidence of Thursday's tasting, it is the usual suspects who have risen to the top of the pile. Perennial successes such as Grand Puy Lacoste, Domaine de Chevalier, Malartic Lagraviere, Smith Haut Lafitte and the two Pichons have made beautiful wines with concentration, vitality and freshness. It is not a blockbuster vintage, that is for sure, however, there are wines that will give enormous drinking pleasure and are sensibly priced. Xavier Borie's GPL and Olivier Bernard's Domaine de Chevalier Rouge deserve special mention - these are both tremendous value.
- Tom Jenkins, Bordeaux Buyer