Esca explanations last week from Miranda Gustafson, Mark Guillaudeu, inderpal singh, Robert Gomez and Alexandre CALVI. Thanks all!
This week: 2nd wines of Pauillac
Name 3 and define how they differ from the grand vin.
Fleur de Pedesclaux
-Higher proportion of Merlot
-More Soft/Silky Structure
Reserve de la Comtesse
-Would rank it as my top value 2nd label of Pauillac; The wines are slightly less structured than Pichon Comtesse, and in riper years like '09, they tend to be a little flabby, but in classic years, they outperform many of the Grand Vin of Pauillac
Le Forts de Latour
-Would say that Le Forts de Latour actually tastes more like a Pauillac than Chateau Latour, which is so dark and firmly tannic, that it resembles St. Estephe a bit more. This is likely due to the Grand Vin seeing stainless steel fermentation, and minimal new oak for aging, whereas Les Forts sees a decent percentage of new oak.