2008 seems to have been proclaimed a good to perhaps very good vintage in Bordeaux, rather an excellent one. A few of the 2008s are now hitting the retail shelves in Australia. Hopefully they are better than the generally overpriced and under-delivering 2007s. Chateau Poitevin’s 2008 vintage from the Medoc is a blend of 60% merlot, 35% cabernet sauvignon and 5% petit verdot and, I think, one of the first 2008s that I have tried. And it was fairly good, in a literal, rather than an understated sense. The wine is bright in terms of clarity, with a moderately intense purple colour, and evident tears around the rim of the glass. On the nose, a varnishy, herbal aroma with developing blackcurrant notes. On the palate, quite high acidity, drying tannins and fruit not particularly evident. Perhaps slightly bitter too. My summary: “it’s ok I guess”. 82 to 83 points.