Our first stop was Chateau Cornelie. Patrick doesn’t want anyone to know where his cave is, so there is no sign for it. We were told to make a right after we passed another chateau, then look for a red door and a white Fiat. That is like looking for grey hair at the Union League Glee Club. After driving around for too long we finally called and to our surprise his friend who spoke english answered the phone. We met them in front of another winery and they escorted us to the little cave where he keeps his barrells and makes his wine.
Patrick assembled several pacels of various vinyards several years ago and his first harvest was in 2005. We were able to taste his ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09, and ’10 and see the difference in quality with each vintage as he learned the terroir of his vinyard. We liked the 2008 and 2009 and will put both in the blind tasting. Unfortunately they are both 80% merlot and this year we are looking for more classic left bank, cabernet based wines.
Fom here we stopped at the Toutist Information in Pauillac and then drove up to St. Brice. II have always loved St Brice and in good vintages they make a stunning wine for an amazinng price. We tasted the 2009 and it is very good and will be included in the blind tassting., along with its cousin, Chateau La Cordonne. Our last stop was Chateau Bois de Roc. We parked our car and saw the owner cutting her grass, so we stopped her and askedd if we could taste her wine, which she was happy to let us do. Again, I was not blownn away by her 2009 like I thought I should be. We will include it in the blind tastig but I am a little shicked at how light these last four 2009’s have been.
We are off to a good start. Tomorrow is a holiday in France so I dont’t think we’ll get much tasting done, but you never know what will happen once you are here. Until next time.