Bordeaux, when it is good, is usually very good indeed. Here are two wines that are drinking very well now. Indeed, this seems to be the skill with Bordeaux: catching the wines when they are ready to drink. How many tasting notes do you read where people say that the wine isn’t yet ready, or has already peaked?
Chateau Cantermerle 200 Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux
Elegant, mellow and spicy with complex meaty, earthy notes and an evolved savoury elegance. Nice core of blackcurrant and berry fruit. Drinking perfectly now, this has lovely weight and balance. 93/100
Chateau Gruaud Larose 1996 Saint-Julien, Bordeaux
Mineral, gravelly edge to the blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. Fresh, with lots of life and fruit still left. Nice freshness, acidity and tannins on the palate, with some grippiness and subtle earthy notes. Developing nicely, this is a lovely wine that is drinking well now. 94/100