I do wonder whether we're entering the Chateauneuf-du-Pape syndrome. By that, I mean that the critics sip and spit highly alcoholic barrel samples and find them 'full of fruit' and 'balanced'. Fifteen years later the punters have to drink them by the half or full bottle and still find the high alcohol 'balanced' once the primary fruit has receded. We've seen what has happened to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which has become a minority sport among forumites as the alcohol levels headed skywards. It may turn out that high alcohol Bordeaux wines are balanced when they reach maturity and/or that a new generation of drinkers is not concerned with CdP-esque levels of alcohol. Only time will tell.