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This perennial member favourite is brimming with expressive, plummy merlot fruit in the 2017 vintage. Expect subtle dark chocolate, vanilla and black-cherry character, and a generous finish.
Product Code: CB5441
If the word Bordeaux is mentioned most people take it to refer to red wine. Though a good deal of white wine is made in Bordeaux, and some of the finest white Bordeaux are only entitled to that generic appellation contrôlée nomenclature, it is reds that are most associated with the region.The Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur regional appellation contrôlées are spread throughout the Bordeaux region. A bright colour, a clean, deep, appealing red-fruit nose (with hints of vanilla and spice if the wines have been aged in oak) and the classic balance of alcohol, tannin and acidity are the hallmarks. These modest designations verify that the wine comes from a particular region and conforms to certain criteria, such as alcohol content, but cannot be relied upon as a guarantee of quality. Many good wines are made in little-known appellations, just as mediocre bottles can have grand origins, so the key is to follow a property or grower you like and trust.The climate of Bordeaux is deeply influenced by its proximity to water, whether it is the sea, the estuary or the rivers, all have a major impact on the grapes grown and the wine made with them. The maritime climate is mild and gently warmed by the Gulf Stream which has a ready conduit deep inland via the Gironde estuary. The estuary acts as a moderator of the extremes of winter and summer. Summers are generally hot and autumns fairly long and mild. Winter and spring too are relatively mild but also often wet, and overall, give or take the odd and very rare major weather event, the climate is generally stable and consistent. Dampness is indeed on of the major difficulties of wine production and it is no coincidence that the anti-fungal spray ‘Bordeaux Mixture’ was developed here in the 19th century. In terms of weather events the two that are often encountered, sometimes with devastating effects, are hail and frost. Bear in mind that Bordeaux lies on a latitude of 45 degrees and should you travel across the Atlantic on that latitude you would make landfall in Nova Scotia. Without the Gulf Stream and proximity to bodies of water Bordeaux would be a much more marginal climate for making wine.Red wines are the biggest part of the wine production of Bordeaux. Some 55,000 hectares of vines are employed in the making of Bordeaux AC and Bordeaux Supérieur AC. The most planted red grape is merlot, followed by cabernet sauvignon. Most of these generic Bordeaux are made outside of more specific communes, and indeed may be made from grapes grown anywhere in the Bordeaux region, and it would be strange indeed, in commercial terms, if a grower could label his wine as something more prestigious but chose the Bordeaux AC for his bottles. The Entre-Deux-Mers region, between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, is home to much of the production of generic Bordeaux on its clay, or sand and clay soils with occasional outcrops of limestone and gravels.However, there are regulations and strictures that must be adhered to. To qualify for Bordeaux AC status the wine must naturally achieve 10% abv, and for Supérieur status the requirement is 10.5%. In actual fact the majority of wines are between 11% and 12.5 % abv, and as the climate warms up and vine canopy management and vineyard techniques continue to improve this may rise. Most reds from these appellations are designed to be drunk young.At this level some of the fruit is machine harvested, though much is still picked by hand because of the narrow row width of most Bordeaux vineyards, and the winemaking is fairly standard, with temperature control now the norm and chaptalisation less common than it used to be. Barrels are not often used for these wines due to their expense, though large wooden vats or hand me down barrels previously used by a wealthier producer might be utilised. Such second-hand barrels require great care to be taken to maintain them.Co-operatives still make most of these generic bottlings, but there are many smaller estates, many of them conscientious and making excellent wines that represent terrific value, that are finding the going tough in the prevailing economic climate and in the face of stiff competition at their price point from wines made in places where conditions and costs are more propitious for making fruity affordable wines. Négociants operate within Bordeaux and a good deal of the wine or grapes that make generic Bordeaux pass through the hands of companies like Maison Sichel and Dourthe.
Beautifully balanced claret that’s fragrant and intense yet fresh In the many years that we have been visiting Bordeaux to taste the new vintage we have never encountered a year quite like 2017. The vintage will forever be associated with the frost of 27th and 28th April, the most destructive in more than a quarter of a century, which ravaged some fine vineyards. Angludet, Grand Corbin Despagne, La Pointe and Climens, for example, heartbreakingly for them, have produced no 2017 wine. In complete contrast all the classic Médoc vineyards that sit on gravel slopes beside the Gironde have made a full crop of marvellous wine, benefitting from the precocity of vine growth which made many others vulnerable. Top châteaux of the Pomerol plateau and on the limestone ridge beside the town of Saint-Emilion were similarly largely untouched by frost damage, and produced beautifully ripe grapes.It was a roller coaster of a year. A hot June was punctuated by a heavy dose of rain which helped the vines to endure one of the driest July and August periods ever, although, paradoxically, temperatures were below the seasonal average. More rain in September helped and enhanced maturation of cabernet sauvignon, though some earlier picked merlot was diluted. On the right bank, merlots were splendid but cabernet franc tended to suffer, and the less-planted cabernet sauvignon came into its own. The result is that we found some wonderfully fragrant wines with beautiful balance, displaying intensity and fresh, long-lasting flavour. They have the structure to ensure long life, but tannins are soft and silky, so some will be approachable relatively young. Top Médocs are completely dominated by cabernet sauvignon, which is their trump card in great years. Pomerol produced glorious full fragrant but fresh merlot. All in all 2017 was a vintage which demanded close observation, good decision making, hard work and the luck to have frost-free vines. But the happy result is a group of lovely fragrant clarets with depth of flavour and class, and a very promising future.
"For the price this is quite a nice wine ,only tried 1 bottle but will add to my next order"
I would recommend this wine
"its a 3.5/5 but getting an extra half star for Value for Money.
Needs 30-60 minutes to decant. Nice mutted blackcurrant, oak, leather, rolling tobacco. Smooth tanins.
Very solid for the price. "
I would recommend this wine
"This is for the 2016 vintage; purplish red on the colour with a medium intensity, on the nose it has distinct dark cherry tones. In the mouth the tannins are quite noticable and possibly overtake the fruit but there is definite scope for this wine to improve with bottle age. It’s a cracking vintage and I have high hopes for this wine to develop. Good show TWS!."
"I have bought this wine across several vintages, excellent consistency across the vintages. As a positive reference for TWS, I'm sure many of you have seen the straight Pey La Tour (not reserve) at the same price in one of the major supermarket chains"
"For the price this is quite a nice wine ,only tried 1 bottle but will add to my next order"
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"This wine closely matches my ideal type for Bordeaux, that is, Merlot rich (hold the cabernet ) with restrained tannins. It's got bramble fruit and vanilla. Cassis is in evidence but without that horrible sharpness that seems to inhabit those wines designated for drinking twenty years hence. There's a slight mushroomy flavour too. Hmmm what more could you ask for £11.50."
Mr Christopher Winter (01-Mar-2020)
"Left a previous review which was decidedly undecided. So I’ve tried another bottle and beginning to get it. Still a bit rough, but can see it has potential to improve with age. If it does, at this price, it’s a bargain. I will wait and see."
Mrs Lesley Spencer (01-Mar-2020)
"I’m very confused by this wine. I bought a case based on the glowing reviews. We’ve opened the first bottle, and quite frankly I don’t get it. The bouquet is very earthy, almost unpleasant, and despite giving the wine plenty of time to breathe, I’m getting very little back. I’m finding the wine quite rough and unsophisticated. Now I’m sure all these people can’t be wrong, and I am quite prepared to be wrong, but it’s not happening for me. I will try another bottle, but feeling disappointed."
Mrs Lesley Spencer (10-Feb-2020)
"This is quite a refined wine for the price and drinking nicely but will surely improve over a couple of years. Recommended!"
Mr Anil S Mehta (05-Jul-2019)
Country Life (25th Mar 2020)
affordable Bordeaux full of vibrancy and freshness. Intense aromas of
blackberry alongside spiced, soft tannins. It's full-bodied, but refined, with
juicy fruit given structure by oak ageing. Lovely now, but will age."
Sussex Express (2nd Mar 2020)
"This is a model of a
great wine, far beyond its appellation status … Benchmark red Bordeaux. Black
fruit, subtle, spicy backbone and fine tannins. Top quality. - Richard Esling"
Decanter (1st Feb 2020)
affordable Bordeaux full of vibrancy and freshness. Intense aromas of
blackberry alongside spiced soft tannins. It's full-bodied but refined, with
juicy fruit given structure by oak ageing. Lovely now but will age. 90/100 Georgie Hindle"
Western Mail (18th Jan 2020)
"Rather good value …
this carries a bouquet of dark plum fruit on the nose from the blend of 88%
merlot, 10% cabernet sauvignon and that all-important 2% of petit verdot. The
fruit has a smidge of spice heat initially, then the mellow fruit leans in with
some dry savoury tones coming through towards the elegant finish. - Neil Cammies"
Manchester Evening News (20th Dec 2019)
"If you're looking for
classic red Bordeaux at a decent price, nothing beats this for value. It's a
luscious right-bank style where the accent is on merlot. Its dense blackcurrant
fruit and hint of savoury spice on the nose make it a great partner for roast
beef. - Andy Cronshaw"
Weardale Gazette (11th Dec 2019)
" … although a
lowly Bordeaux Supérieur in appellation terms, [this] punches well above its
weight and has achieved an enviable reputation. - Richard Esling "
Vinosaurus (13th Sep 2019)
"A classic right-bank
blend. Led by juicy, fruity merlot, with a little bit of cabernet
sauvignon and petit verdot, this is a generous red and black cherry/berry
blast, with a seductive hint of spice. A steak would be great, but I’d be
perfectly happy pairing this with a burger, frankly. - David Kermode"
Times of Tunbridge Wells (2nd Oct 2019)
blend, mostly merlot with a splash of cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot,
throbs with a juicy kaleidoscope of red and black fruits. Its silk tannins,
supple mouthfeel, suave spiced finish, deft oak (and integration) are all cause
for joy. Classy wine from Vignobles Dourthe, an ultra-reliable high-quality
large merchant / grower. Certainly delivers at this price. Perfect for the
Sunday roast or hard cheeses.. - James Viner"
Sunday Express (1st Sep 2019)
"A classic Bordeaux
blend of merlot with some cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot, this ripe and
generous blend is full of lush, red berry fruits and blackcurrant notes. The
savoury, slightly cedary, spicy twist on the finish makes it a grown-up red
with concentration and depth. - Jamie Goode"
South Cambrian News (29th Aug 2019)
"… an affordable
claret with vibrant merlot fruit and a savoury edge. - Bev Thomas"
Wolverhampton Express and Star (3rd Aug 2019)
"This is a very intense and concentrated wine, almost
black in colour. There is a burst of black berry aromas including cherries and
blackberries, and a hint of spice. On the palate it is full and generous with
silky smooth tannins. Open and leave to breathe for a short time and you will
be impressed by this fleshy and delicious red. "
Decanter (5th Jun 2019)
"My favourite everyday
claret: 'Few wines deliver character and consistency of quality at such an
affordable price: concentrated, full-bodied, well-ripened, with a seductive
hint of oaky spice. An obvious match would be grilled juicy rump steak, but it
would turn a cheese and ham baguette into a very good meal, too.' - Sebastian Payne MW"
"Learning from experience I decanted this several hours before drinking - result a very pleasant fruity claret - recommended"
Mr David Welland (04-Jan-2019)
Plymouth Herald (1st Dec 2017)
"This time a more mature or lighter colour shows the
wines extra year in bottle. Soft easy Merlot based Claret it has an easily
accessible style or quaffability! This one will also be excellent for all the
extra spicy lots on the Christmas table. - Stephen Barrett"
decanter.com (5th Jun 2017)
"Mostly merlot, this
has a rich cherry nose, with light grassiness. Medium-bodied with light tannins
and some grip. Made in large volumes, but well-crafted. No rush to drink. - Stephen Brook"
Sheffield Profile (1st May 2017)
"Now this is a treat.
Recommended with roast lamb, it is heavy with black fruit and spices. It's a
ripe, rich number to savour."
Shropshire Star (12th Apr 2017)
"An attractive black
fruit nose with a hint of mint and spice. Sweet ripe fruit on the palate with
silky tannins and a rich harmonious finish. - Sharon Waters"
Suffolk Free Press (30th Mar 2017)
"Has an impressive
purity of fruit - plums and blackcurrants, supple tannins, good structure,
well-measured oak and a lingering finish. - Neil Courtier"
South Cambrian News (9th Mar 2017)
"Rich and spicy and
fairly dark in colour, perhaps from its dash of petit verdot, that rounds out
the blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon. - Bev Thomas"
"Colour: Deep ruby red with a dark cherry rim.
Aroma: Raspberry, blackcurrants, plum, dried herbs, violets, chocolate, leather and vanilla with a touch of spice and a savoury meatiness.
Taste: Med-full bodied, structured, robust chewy tannic backbone, grainy texture. Full flavoured, chocolate, tobacco and raspberry on the palate with a nice bitter-sweet liquorice aftertaste.
Overall: A nice typical cassis driven Bordeaux. Good balance of oak and fruit, ripe and flavoursome. Drinking well at 5 years, good QPR and worth a try.
Mr Gabriel Higgins (25-Nov-2018)
Scotland on Sunday (27th Nov 2016)
"For those bored with
today's immodest fruit-forward reds, here is a very traditional claret style.
Behind its classic Bordeaux nose there is predictable minty, blackcurrant and
bramble fruit with gentle acidity. Enter then, though, the firm tannin twists
and graphite minerality that makes this region's wines so distinctive. - Brian Elliott"
Decanter (25th Jan 2017)
"Big, meaty nose with
a hint of creamy oak. The palate is mellow but has a generous black berry
fruit, with spice and floral hints, real elegance and length. Lovely. - Jane Anson"
Manchester Evening News (15th Oct 2016)
great value wine from Entre-Deux-Mers, this time a red with rounded fruit and
spicy oak. A great match for grouse, game pie or a warming beef stew.
- Andy Cronshaw
Western Mail (20th Sep 2016)
"A deep ruby red wine
from Entre Deuxs Mers, it’s a typical Bordeaux blend, with merlot leading
from the front with a small amount of cabernet franc and cabernet
sauvignon. This réserve wine is aged in oak for 12 months, some of it
new, which adds to the flavour intensity. Aromas of fresh plums, splintered
wood and vanilla don’t dilly and dally; they have you hooked from the off,
before leading you into soft flavours of ripe fruits with spicy flecks. - Jane Clare"
Portsmouth News (10th Sep 2016)
"Proves there is some
good value to be found in Bordeaux at this price level. This is the reserve
bottling of this well-known Bordeaux estate, its merlot dominating a little
cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. It has ripe blackberry and cassis, spice
and background oak. It’s medium to full-bodied with some complexity and is
going to work really well with roast beef on Sunday. - Alistair Gibson"
Decanter (1st Jun 2016)
here the fruit is well held together, lovely touches of redcurrant-soaked
brioche and gentle spice on the finish. This is not a powerful wine, but a
pretty one. Merlot 90%, cabernet sauvignon 5%, cabernet franc 5%.
- Jane Anson
"Has to be 5 stars. Fruity, juicy, blackberry, cassis. Can't recommend this more highly. Hope the 2012 is as good."
Mr Gordon Allan (22-Sep-2016)
"A star, really good Bordeaux. 90% merlot apparently, some complexity and typically 'French', more akin to a Pomerol in style (but at half the price). Drinking well now and tastes like it will improve way beyond TWS suggested best-by 2018. Definite re-order, a case for Xmas and beyond."
Mr Tim Potts (26-Nov-2015)
Surrey Advertiser (15th Jan 2016)
"...fights well above
its 'Bordeaux Superieur' label. The property lies between St. Emilion and
Bordeaux city where the clay-limestone soils support a blend of merlot (90%),
cabernet sauvignon (5%), cabernet franc (3%) and petit verdot (2%). The result
is a blackcurrant pleaser with friendly tannins and a spicy plum finish... - John Downes MW"
Norfolk & Suffolk Life (1st Oct 2015)
"Chilly autumn nights
call for hearty fare and bigger fuller-bodied red wines. This will absolutely
hit the spot.This is a classic right bank merlot-dominated Bordeaux blend (with
splashes of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot making up the
rest). Think wonderful opulent, plummy and fruitcake flavours balnced with
freshness and grippy tannins - just the ticket to drink alongside a roast rib
of beef on the bone. - Alex Layton"
Shropshire Star (30th Sep 2015)
"Watching the rugby?
Representing France, this Merlot-dominated red has the body of a rugby player
with a warm, soft underbelly. It has intense red berry aromas with raspberry
and wild blackberry flavours on the palate. Its velvety tannins are well balanced
finishing with a touch of oak spice. This is sensationally good value for a
claret, and will enjoy a successful tackle with a Sunday roast."
Kent & Sussex Courier (24th Sep 2015)
90%-merlot Bordeaux red over-delivers on every point and sports the physique of
a rugby player with a satiny underbelly. The full-bodied velvety pallet has
pure cassis, plum, raspberry, fruitcake and ripe blackcurrant fruit, with a
dusting of oak spice and rounded tannins in precisely judged support. Tackle it
with Sunday lamb roast and grouse during the Rugby World Cup. It's
sensationally good value. - James Viner"
South Cambrian News (17th Sep 2015)
"Chateau Pey la Tour
Reserve 2011, with its jammy berries and silky textures, is a great wine to
share with friends. - Bev Thomas"
The Press Association (26th Sep 2015)
claret - cherries, blackberries, integrated oak-spice, smooth, well-balanced
and immediately satisfying. - Sam Wylie Harris"
Cambridge Wine Blogger (10th Sep 2015)
dark plum fruit and good structure with some aged complexity - an
athletic-yet-deft rugby player of a wine. - Tom Lewis"
"Decanted this for two hours before drinking, not sure if my description will do it justice, but here goes, dark red in colour , I could smell spices and fruit, quite fruity with a slight acidity. It feels quite smooth and rounded, I think will only improve if left a little longer. Would definately order again. I enjoyed it with a nice Sirloin Steak."
Mr Colin Steele (31-Jan-2015)
Decanter (27th May 2015)
"This huge 200ha
vineyard in Entre-Deux-Mers offers consistently excellent value for money.
Deliciously fruity, it displays aromas of blackcurrant and plum, with fresh
acidity balancing the fruit. - Christelle Guibert"
Chichester Observer (23rd Apr 2015)
"The blend is
dominated by 90 per cent merlot, with smaller amounts of other grapes, and
there are smooth up-front flavours of ripe plums, blueberries and
blackcurrants, plus hints of oak. Great for roast beef or lamb. - Peter Homer"
The Independent on Sunday (19th Apr 2015)
the notion that most claret at this kind of price is a waste of time, this is
sensationally good value from a very decent estate in a great vintage. The
merlot-dominated blend delivers ripe, full-bodied, juicy, smooth blackberry
cassis flavours. Perfect with a rib of beef or rump steak. - Terry Kirby"
York Press (18th Apr 2015)
"A modern tasting
Bordeaux Supérieur and a top-quality wine for around a tenner. Made
predominantly with merlot grapes, there's a little cabernet and petit verdot in
the mix too, it is rich and smooth. Plum and raspberry fruit flavours, which
are not overplayed, combine with polished leather, chocolate and some spicy,
toasted oak notes. - Mike Tipping"
The Mail on Sunday (5th Apr 2015)
"Of course, the
classic option of a red Bordeaux with a leg of lamb studded with garlic and
rosemary is hard to beat such as the glory of this wine. - Olly Smith"
York Press (14th Mar 2015)
"If you normally shy
away from Bordeaux reds, in favour of New World wines, do give this a try. Made
mainly with merlot, it has a supple, mouth-filling structure, with notes of
toasty oak, leather, chocolate, spice and up-front flavours of plum and raspberry. - Mike Tipping"
Kent & Sussex Courier (13th Mar 2015)
ripe and toasty claret… It's a plump merlot-dominated red with super-fine
tannins and great delicacy offering knockout aromas and flavours of pretty red-
and blackcurrant fruit, crème de cassis and notes of mocha and cigar box. This
is a frighteningly good price for such a supple and rich claret from an
outstanding vintage. A definite match for roast Easter lamb / beef / veal as
well as game pies. If there's any left it would be epic with such cheeses as
Gouda, Cantal and Cheddar. Do not miss out on this plush coup of finesse and value
from Vignobles Dourthe; there's pure enjoyment in every sniff and sip. It
punches above its proverbial weight. - James Viner"
"Problem with cork screw which was disappointing."
Miss Florence Chung (08-Mar-2015)
"Full bodied and smooth tasting wine that had a powerful nose. Try it!"
Mr F P Wood (09-Nov-2014)
"Liquorice Allsorts and blackcurrants on the nose. As I'm finishing this bottle 48h after opening and it's at its best now. Dark cherry fruit with a grandure, leather and cigar, long finish. Watch out there was sediment in bottle! Very good wine."
Mr Anthony O'Halloran (01-Nov-2014)
"One of the reasons I joined TWS was to explore a wider range of ever changing wines and once again I've had my eyes opened to something special. For years I avoided French wines as being wishy-washy, over-priced and overrated, especially those from the Bordeaux region. This is none of those as this is a big, bold wine (that I never knew existed in Bordeaux), fantastic value and absolutely delicious to drink at what is now probably its peak. As always, these wines need food and with slow-braised Brisket this wine opened up with so much class and balance that it almost brought a tear to my wife's eye - because I refused to share it with her and her Chicken dish."
Mr John Dryburgh (02-Aug-2014)
thewinegang.com (2nd Mar 2015)
"The top-end wine for
this Dourthe property in Entre Deux Mers, it has generous black fruit aromas
with a hint of Marmite spice. The tannins are still very lively so it seriously
needs a robust plate of food. A charming classic. - The Wine Gang"
Daily Express (15th Nov 2014)
full-bodied claret full of tangy blackcurrant and red fruit flavours."
Cambridgewineblogger.com (27th Jan 2014)
Aromas of leather, woodiness and cedar on the
nose; soft, juicy palate with a grippy pepperiness. - Tom Lewis
York Press (11th Jan 2014)
"This is a
full-bodied, modern-tasting, claret with a velvety texture. Cherry and plum
fruit flavours abound, with notes of dark chocolate, spice and some smooth,
supple tannins. - Mike Tipping"
Shropshire Star (20th Nov 2013)
"A modern red Bordeaux
with redcurrants, cassis and a hint of vanilla on the nose. A generous ripe
palate with silky tannins. Serve with turkey or goose. "
The Independent (22nd Nov 2013)
This is a ripe and full-flavoured red is the
perfect match for a Sunday roast-beef lunch. Blackcurrant and red fruit
dominate the palate with a nice refreshing acidity and a long-lingering
finish. And the texture is like velvet.
- Kate Hilpern
Chichester Observer (16th Nov 2013)
"A sound Bordeaux
Supérieur … up-front tastes of plums and blackberries with touches of chocolate
and coffee … a powerful red wine, robust enough to complement the turkey and
trimmings. - Peter Homer"
Profile (Sheffield Star) (1st Aug 2013)
"From one of the finest terroirs in the appellation' boasts the label. Lives up to the hype, with a luscious and smooth palate of blackberries and spice with some creaminess. Made from 95% merlot plus cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. "
Cambridge Wine Blogger (10th May 2013)
"A right-bank Merlot with a bit of bottle age, this is purple in the glass. On the nose, there are aromas of coffee grounds, cigar box, forest fruits and a touch of spice. The palate is soft and supple with an inky texture and generous, well-rounded tannins - the ripe fruit is balanced by savouriness. Nicely mellow on the mid-palate, the finish is gently persistent. Match with slow-roasted red meats - there is just a touch of gaminess, so venison would be an especially good match. - Tom Lewis"
Dumfries & Galloway Life (1st May 2013)
"Blackberry fruit nicely integrated with hints of spice and that attractive local graphite minerality. - Brian Elliott"
"I've long been a fan of Dourthe and have enjoyed the Society's Chateau Pey la Tour on several occasions. But my latest bottle of this vintage is really delicious - good acidity but with subtle overtones that one associates with claret at twice the price. Keeps well after opening. I'll certainly buy again if it's not sold out."
Dr Christopher Currie (15-Jul-2011)
"A fabulous wine -- gets better and better in the glass. Wonderful value for the money."
Mr Nick Chadwick (04-Oct-2009)
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