Today's releases have been all about the left bank. 'I don't want to claim this is the best Lafon-Rochet we have ever made, but it is exactly the kind of wine I have always wanted to make.' Basile Tesseron said it modestly, but he was absolutely beaming with pride when we tasted at Lafon-Rochet, and there is no question that his 2018, which kicked things off this morning, is a brilliant wine. From St Julien, we have Gloria and Saint-Pierre. There has been a lot of excitement about both of these; sibling properties they may be, but they have made wines of markedly different character. Also today, Olivier, the grand Clerc Milon and the even grander Palmer, which sold out instantly. Today's significant right-bank release is from St Emilion, the complex and fascinating Larcis Ducasse.
Vinexpo is next week so we're expecting things to go quiet again, for now. /NT