barometric pressure

Under Pressure

Under Pressure

Post by Jeff Loo | April 6th, 2011

When I heard that we would be visiting Jeffrey Davies this week to taste through a slew of 2010 Right Bank wines, I was thrilled at the opportunity to reconnect.  Two years ago, just before I left for France to work the 2009 harvest at La Confession, I met him in San Francisco. After dinner he told me I would have fun and learn a lot and then offered me a taste of 1928 d’Yquem.  What an introduction!

Jeffrey Davies (r) tasting with the JJB crew

Fast forward to April 2011. Jeff welcomed the whole JJB team to his Signature Selections office on a cold and rainy day, rather dreary really. We proceeded to taste through 65 wines from St. Emilion, Pomerol, Cotes de Castillon, Fronsac and other satellite arenas from the Right Bank, and during the course of the tasting, we noticed some of the wines were ones we had tasted the day prior with superstar consultant Stephen Derenoncourt.  The interesting thing was that they were completely different.  We had been hearing about barometric pressure and how it affects winetasting.  To be honest, I thought it was complete bunk.  (more…)