Monday, March 8, 2010

Vino 2010 and Bordeaux 2009

I’m in Las Vegas this week, which means what it does for so many people who visit this city: Lots of eating and tasting.

My first afternoon here, for example, was spent with a shrimp-salad sandwich and a glass of rosé at an outdoor cafe--desperately needed after the brutal winter we’ve had back east. And last night, I had an absolutely spectacular meal at MIX, high atop THEhotel next to the Mandalay Bay. MIX’s Wine Director, Christophe Tassan, is a good friend, and the pairings he arranged last night were fantastic. I’ll be reporting back in more detail about the meal next week.

For now, though, I wanted to link up two stories that ran over the weekend and that I thought would be of interest here. The first is an overview I wrote of Vino 2010 for John Mariani’s Virtual Gourmet, which is available right here.

The second concerns the first words on the 2009 en primeur campaign for Bordeaux’s Right Bank. According to, “The consensus of press and merchants [at a recent tasting] was that the wines were better balanced than had been expected, with nice lift and perfume, silky tannins and generous fruit. There was some hint of jamminess but not nearly as much as might have been expected with some of the wines weighing in at 14% alcohol.”

This is good news, especially considering all the hype around the 2009 vintage in Bordeaux. And while only time will tell if these truly are great wines, the positive early word is good news for the producers. As far as how good it is for consumers...well, we’ll just have to wait and see what the wines are priced at. I’ll report back here as soon as we know more.


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