So, over the past several evenings, we have drunk Haut Segottes ’06 and Jaugaret ’04, an experience that stimulates a few thoughts about the two wines specifically and our Bordeaux selection in general.
First, it becomes obvious after consuming these two wines that our work in Bordeaux is every bit as profound and important as is our work in a place like Burgundy; in fact, I would argue that it is even more important since it is more and more rare to find genuine, authentic wines of terroir in Bordeaux.
Second, I note that the Haut Segottes ’06 is still exceedingly youthful, with firm tannins that beg for more years aging in the bottle. The ’04 and ’07 Haut Segottes are the superior choices for drinking currently.
The Jaugaret is a letter-perfect wine with bouquet, color, tannins that are sublime and exquisite expressions of the compelling terroir of St. Jullien. There is a complexity in this wine that is in the best tradition of the great wines of Bordeaux that deserved the adulation they received in the vintages of the ’40s, ’50s, 60s and 70s.