Our view on the 2004 vintage
The 2004 vintage in Bordeaux has been marked by the freshness and humidity (gray and rainy weather in August) fortunately saved by a beautiful month of September. The red Bordeaux wines of 2004 are therefore classic and of good quality. The best red wines from the Medoc and Saint Emilion Grand Crus Classes present a fleshy body, silky tannins and a certain concentration. If the 2004 vintage is now ready to drink, it is better to focus on the 2004 Premiers crus Classes and Second Crus Classes (Margaux designation for example) or the first grand Cru Classes of Saint Emilion. The 2004 Bordeaux dry white wines and the 2004 sweet wines in Bordeaux are good wines, but not as impressive as the 2001 and 2003. In 2004 Burgundy, the vintage suffered from the same climatic conditions and the bottles of 2004 Burgundy white wine will be better than the bottles of 2004 red wine. Herbal tastes are sometimes present in red Burgundy, and the wines should not be cellared for too long. The white Burgundy wines are successful, in a floral, fresh and balanced style. In Champagne, 2004 is a good and abundant vintage. Chardonnay is the grape variety that seems to have given the best results that year. The 2004 Rhone wines are balanced and lighter. 2004 Cornas and 2004 Hermitage will be on call, while the 2004 Cote Rotie appears to be less dense. In white Rhone wine, the 2004 Hermitage and 2004 Crozes Hermitage are above the rest. In the Southern Rhone Valley, 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape produces good bottles of wine (more classic than 2003 but to be kept). Good 2004 vintage in Alsace, however the sweet wines have been spoiled by the October rains and have been produced in smaller quantities. The Loire Valley was affected by a very humid summer in 2004, which considerably limited the successes, rather located in Chinon and Saumur Champigny for the 2004 reds. The 2004 sweet white wines from Loire are weaker.
Which 2004 wine to buy? Our 2004 best buying advices
In Bordeaux, the 2004 vintage being located between 2 rare and expensive vintages (2003 and 2005), good deals are possible if you choose the best Crus Classes of 2004: 2004 Cos Estournel, 2004 Montrose, 2004 Lafite Rothschild, 2004 Latour, 2004 Ducru Beaucaillou. Nice group shot in theMargaux designation : 2004 Giscours, 2004 Lascombes, 2004 Chateau Margaux, 2004 Palmer. In Pessac Leognan : 2004 Domaine de Chevalier, 2004 Haut Bailly, 2004 Haut Brion and 2004 Pape Clement (in white). In Pomerol and St Emilion: 2004 Eglise Clinet, 2004 Lafleur, 2004 Petrus, 2004 Le Pin, 2004 Angelus, 2004 Ausone, 2004 Pavie, 2004 Pavie Macquin. In Sauternes, 2004 Fargues and 2004 Climens are successful. In Burgundy a 2004 red Corton from Comte Armand, or in white wine a magnificent 2004 Puligny Montrachet 1er cru Perrieres (or Folatieres) from Etienne Sauzet. In Champagne, a 2004 Taittinger Comte de Champagne. In the Rhone Valley, a Cornas from Auguste Clape, a Cote Rotie from Jamet, a Chateauneuf du Pape from Beaucastel. In Rhone blanc, a Hermitage from Jean Louis Chave.
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