2002 Bordeaux Vintage

The Growing Season

Due to the good weather in September and October the vintage was saved and for most of this Indian summer a north-easterly wind further concentrated the grapes. The result, for those with the ability and courage to wait, was a crop of healthy, concentrated grapes with sugar levels as high or even higher than in 2000, unusually complimented by a high, natural acidity.

The Vintage

The best wines have a sumptuous blackcurrant character derived from extremely ripe Cabernet Sauvignon, the worst examples, picked too early are skinny and tart.
The Cabernet Sauvignon in Northern Medoc has produced some great wines.
For the first time since 1996, this is a year when the Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc outshone the Merlot. As a result, as in 1986 and 1996, the finest wines come from the Medoc and Northern Graves. It is also an excellent vintage for dry white wines and another successful year for Sauternes.

James Suckling of the wine spectator says

“2002 made good to outstanding wines that reminds me of 1966 most of the wines from well known Chateaux were of good to very good quality, a few were exceptional.”

Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2002
Chateau Guiraud
Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2002
Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 2002, Bordeaux, France, (37.5cl bottle)  Grape varieties, a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc  Elegant and rich with aromas of frangipani, white flower, orange, pear and citrus aromas. The Botrytis spices coming...
£29.99
Chateau Liversan 2002
Chateau Liversan
Chateau Liversan 2002
Chateau Liversan Haut Medoc 2002  50% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot  Dense purple colour, powerful heady nose of plum and cherry. A little liquorice and spice, rich and concentrated on the palate and a long...
£20.00
Chateau Margaux 2002
Chateau Margaux
Chateau Margaux 2002
Chateau Margaux 1er Grand Cru Classé 2002   "Performing better from bottle than at any time in cask (which of course is the objective of great winemaking, isn’t it?), this wine reveals a dense ruby/purple color in a style...
£600.00
Château Mouton Rothschild 1'eme Cru Classé Pauillac 2002
Chateau Mouton Rothschild
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2002
Château Mouton Rothschild 1'eme Cru Classé Pauillac 2002  "Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2002 Mouton-Rothschild is a wine that burned brightly in its youth, though recent encounters suggest...
£615.00
Chateau Palmer 3eme Cru Classe, Margaux, 2002
Chateau Palmer
Chateau Palmer 2002
Château Palmer 3eme Cru Classe, Margaux, 2002  Merlot 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 52% and Petit Verdot 8%  "A successful wine for the vintage, this blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 8% Petit Verdot boasts complex notes...
£280.00