According to the June 2005 edition of Decanter Magazine, the 2004 vintage is, in Bordeaux, a classic vintage of promising potential. According to Steven Spurrier, author of the article, it is comparable to 1996 and 1995. The wines from both banks are among the most lively, fruity and fresh that Bordeaux has ever produced. Plus they have higher natural tannins than the 2003s which should give them a long enough life for the collector. But with high yields and soft market conditions, this will not be a speculative vintage.
The weather was cool and gray most of the summer but turned warm and sunny in September, helping the grapes to ripen. For the estates that were able to control the extremely high yields during the summer, this month of September is what really saved the vintage.
Based on barrel tastings notes that I have read so far, here are the wines that I decided to order:
Château Malescot Saint-Exupery
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Château Pontet Canet
Château Cos d'Estournel
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