With all the hype surrounding the 2009 and 2010 futures campaigns, you may be surprised to hear that there are some very good new release Bordeaux arriving in stores right now. The 2008′s are now hitting the shelves, and while no one is calling it the vintage of the century, it is a very good year, with prices considerably lower than the more hyped 2009 and 2010.
I recently tasted the 2008 Chateau Poujeaux from Moulis in Bordeaux, and it was excellent. The wine was soft and lush, but also had good structure. It is a wine you could drink now with a lamb chop or steak off the grill, or put aside for five years and enjoy the additional complexity some age would lend to this wine. Poujeaux is almost an even split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a bit of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot thrown in. It is available at Binny’s for $29.99.
La Tour Carnet from Haut Medoc is another 08 Bordeaux we got in recently. Some of our stores got these in half bottles, which I love, so I picked one up to go with burgers. This wine got 91 points from Parker, and I can see why. It had a solid core of black cherry, with a nice finish but firm tannins. This wine needs a bit of time, but with a couple years it is going to smooth out and be an amazing wine. This goes for $18.99 for a half bottle and $35.99 for a regular size 750ML.
There are many other 2008′s available, including Brane Cantenac, Cantenac Brown and Lascombes from Margaux. In addition, more 2008′s will be arriving throughout the summer and fall. 2008 is a classic Bordeaux vintage with reasonable prices. Don’t miss it!