Once a Bordeaux nut, always a Bordeaux nut. Yes, I have stopped buying Cru classé and refuses to be in on the ridiculous en primeur race. After all, I drink the stuff because I love it. Not to brag or for investment purposes. I. drink. it.
Bordeaux is the world’s biggest quality region. No doubt about that. My undivided attention when it comes to the Gironde department now belongs to all the sub-regions such as Blaye and Bourg but perhaps most to my real faves, the Libournais appellations. Being a Merlot sucker I can’t either let go of all the bargains there actually is in Saint Emilion. Time to start checking out those 2008’s from the right bank. Are they as good as they initially showed in their infancy? Starter; 2008 La Confession.
I remember having some older bottles of Chateau Haut-Sarpe – another Janoueix estate in Saint Emilion. It was the 1975 and 1978 to be exact. Amazing longevity and wines shaped in the ultra traditional style. It obviously had its followers but for me, nope, not my cup. Must have been Jean-François Janoueix behind the wines back then.
Jean-Philippe Janoueix is the creator of La Confession. This is the total opposite of the previously old Haut-Sarpe style. It’s simply a Saint Emilion I dig. Modern, yup, but with careful use of oak. A concentrated wine with lots of dark plums and blackberries. Toasted oak, oriental spices and sweet-root. Humus and hay. Most important though; elegance. On the palate it’s one heck of a mouth-fill. Drinking it today means lots of dark pure berry fruit, plum skins, licorice, warm earth and toasted oak. Tannins? Plentiful, but ripe. This is long, extract filled and has all the prerequisites for at least a decade of further positive cellaring.
A wow Saint Emilion at 28 euros. Hard to beat. Next 2008 right bank coming up; The La Fleur de Boüard from Lalande-de-Pomerol.
2008 La Confession, Saint Emilion, 92-93 p