Maybe because I’m currently in Bordeaux, this beautiful city, I feel very concerned about the feelings expressed by Eric Asimov in his blog on Bordeaux wines and why some people dislike them.
Indeed it might be a generational problem: young people are more interested in less “serious” and classical wines. But Bordeaux is also the reference for very high quality wines, as Eric Asimov points out when telling with emotion his experience with an ’86 Margaux. Bordeaux Classified Growths are the symbol of excellence, whether they’re called Margaux or Haut-Brion.
Bordeaux is also felt as the country of the Cabernet Sauvignon, said Eric Asimov. How weird! Bordeaux wines are a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and Cabernet franc on the Left Bank. But don’t forget about the predominance of Merlot on the Right bank in Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. Maybe young people or Bordeaux haters just don’t know their classics!
To make a long story short, Eric Asimov is right to point out the feelings generated by Bordeaux and its world. But we should not forget that Bordeaux is certainly one of the most romantic place in the world: it has history, people whose families are going back several centuries, landscapes and a beautiful city.
I love Bordeaux!