Neal, fine man that he is, showed us only high-class stuff and it was as one might expect: all good, relatively early-drinking stuff, mainly three stars but with some reservations. I persuaded myself that Cheval Blanc might rate four stars in a year or two for its ravishing flavours and Haut Brion might merit the same on a slightly longer time-scale. Otherwise it was down the line: Cos a bit awkward at least for now and Las Cases predictably the most backward. Pichon Lalande and Ducru Beaucaillou more accessible with the latter being the better wine to me because of its scented elegance. Ducru had its problems of course with contamination in the 80s but it is on top form again these days and perhaps a bit under-rated because it is never a block-buster.
To clear our palates we had Doisy Vedrines 1997, which (although I suppose I am comparing apples to oranges) was as good as anything we tasted earlier. Can this really be only £ 140 in bond, as I thought I heard mentioned?