This was my second time in Moscow, May-June 2012, and the last time I had gone was about the same time of year, in 2009. Not much has changed. At lest in terms of tourism.
If you do not speak Russian, quite difficult to get around. Luckily, a great pal of mine, foreign correspondent for Agence France Presse, speaks fluent Russian. He has an excellent apartment right near the centre, and it was time to taste Bordeaux 2009 again - at the Lotte Hotel - as the UGCB toured with 58 members.
What was interesting about the tasting was to confirm some of the "hits" I had experienced when I tasted 2009 from bottle in early March in Germany.
You can see my full notes, including notes on Moscow, here:
But, briefly, I would say that some of the top 09s tasted twice from bottle on these two occasions with consistent notes (in no particular order) include Haut Bailly, Pichon Comtesse, Du Tertre, Batailley, Smith Haut Lafitte, La Lagune, Labegorce and Phelan Segur.
le vin est le génial breuvage qui nous donne du courage
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