Hi, can I ask a question to those that know their Left Bankers a bit? I know there’s talk in current threads about Margaux and Haut Medoc, but it’s about Pauillac. In the last few months I’ve bought three of each of Ulysse 2011, Ulysse 2015 & Batailley 2012, the first two of course from TWS and the last, thanks to Leah, at Costco, which was not far off a tenner a bottle cheaper. I know comparatively little about Bordeaux in general, though I do know that I don’t like harsher tannins and prefer something a lot smoother. I had a really delicious Pauillac at a friend’s last year, rather ethereal, very smooth and silky, (which is why I bought the 9 bottles), though it came to the table in a decanter and, annoyingly, I didn’t pay enough attention to remembering the maker or the vintage.
Given the above, including that there are only 3 of each and in the case of the Batailleys they cost mid £30’s, which to me makes them a bit special, I don’t want to drink the first of them too soon. The Society’s window seems to start quite young (as it does for a fair few reds?), plus other friends brought a Ulysse ’15 to supper earlier this year and I asked did they really want to open it? We did so and to me it was SO not ready: very pleasant of course, but it seemed a bit of a waste.
TWS windows for these wines are:
Batailley ’12: Now to 2028
Ulysse ’11: 2019 to 2028
Ulysse ’15: 2020 to 2029 (I disagree with the start date, of course!)
I also don’t want to wait forever to try the first of each of these, so wonder what (or when) anyone thinks constitutes ‘early middle age’ for these wines, i.e. with the harshness of youth gone. Something tells me that for good vintages at these sort of prices, it would be about right to wait for 10 years . . . .