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Tour of Bordeaux Case
A ripe and generous Saint-Emilion from the very well-respected Bertrand family. This is a wine of intense dark fruit and liquorice notes, with svelte tannins and a long, generous finish. Particularly impressive in the 2016 vintage.
With attractive brambly scent and refined tannin structure on the palate, this is a rare example of a 100% cabernet franc from Bordeaux. The grapes ripened perfectly in 2016 to give an appetising, structured claret. From member favourite Chateau de Pitray this will continue to age well for several years.
A pure and perfumed red from a well-sited property in Cardan, south-east of Bordeaux. It displays lovely, fresh vibrant fruit, a hallmark of the excellent 2016 vintage.
Another 2021 Wine Champion from winemaker Olivier Sèze, who also made the Château Caronne Sainte Gemme 2015. Olivier is now retired but was at the peak of his powers in 2012, and this cigar-box scented, mellow and understated claret will please those who favour a more traditional and mature style.
Earning a maximum score from every single taster who encountered it in our 2021 Wine Champions tastings (no mean feat given the extremely high quality of this year’s Bordeaux line-up), this is a splendid wine from Jean-Baptiste Cordonnier. He described his 2015 as having the tannins of 2009 and the balance of 2010 (his best vintage ever), and our panel of blind tasters loved its vivacious plum and berry nose, its energetic palate and classic structure. Superb.
This is a tiny property at Capian, owned by the Courselle family of Château Thieuley. A fresh and appealing blend of 90% merlot, with 10% cabernet franc to add finesse and structure, this right bank Bordeaux red is deliciously drinkable with impeccable credentials.