Beautiful Bordeaux - Hitting Their Stride Taster Case
*These wines are boxed in the traditional Bordeaux pine boxes with nailed down lids*
The case contains wines from some of our favourite Bordeaux châteaux. The ‘second’ wines are generally from younger vines on the property, but they share many of the characteristics of the first wine (and at a fraction of the cost!). This selection will age well for 10 years, but are already hitting their stride right now!
(The drinking windows we give indicate number of years from vintage)
The case contains one bottle each of:
Pavillon du Glana, Saint-Julien 2016
Situated adjacent to Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, this second wine of Château du Glana is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. 2016 was particularly successful in Saint-Julien and Pavillon du Glana is concentrated, with good velvety tannins and bright red and black cherry fruit. Good things happening at this up and coming Château, a property to watch. 3-10 years.
L’Heritage de Chasse-Spleen, Haut-Médoc 2016
The second wine of Château Chasse-Spleen is produced in the Haut-Medoc appellation. It is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot and made in a property situated on 20 ha of sandy-gravel soils. The 2016 is deeply coloured, full flavoured with black fruit and a touch of toasty oak. It is very long and will age well. 3-10 years.
Les Allées de Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc 2012
A soft and supple wine with good red-fruit character, excellent density and a touch of coffee on the finish. Easy, forward and pretty, this is excellent value from a consistent southern Médoc property. 3-10 years.
“A bright ruby in the glass, this wine offers an open, classically medocain nose of blackcurrant, cherry, blackcurrant leaf and lightly spicy, earthy undertones. The palate is bright, fresh and crisp, with cool black fruits and riper red fruits to the fore. The tannins are chalky but yielding, giving a smooth and approachable palate that means this wine is ready to drink, complementing the notes of camphor, savoury spice and undergrowth. A bright, juicy wine perfect for early consumption.” 90 points James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, November 2015
Duluc de Branaire-Ducru, Saint-Julien 2014
Branaire-Ducru is situated opposite Château Beychevelle in the south of the St-Julien appellation. Owner Patrick Maroteaux has lifted this classed growth property to new highs in the last thirty years. He introduced Duluc as a second wine from vines under 15 years old. The Duluc is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. An appealing nose, aromatic with hints of pepper and blackberry fruit. Good body and really well judged balance, an elegant, stylish Saint-Julien. 3-10 years.
Fleur de Pédesclaux, Pauillac 2014
With parcels situated next to vineyards owned by Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild this property could not be better placed. The wine is as striking as the modernist architecture at the property, an expressive complex nose with plum and red fruits on the palate. Very fine and elegant it is fresh and the tannins are smooth with good length. 89% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. 5-15 years
Les Pélérins de Lafon-Rochet, Saint-Estèphe 2015
Les Pelerins is the second label of Château Lafon-Rochet. 59% Merlot and 41% Cab Sauvignon from the vines of 10-30 years. Owned by the Tesseron family since 1959 this bright yellow property really stands out! 2015 was a great success and shares many characteristics of the great wine but, with the advantage of greater accessibility at a younger age. Deep colour, even inky, crunchy blackcurrant fruit, coffee and toast. Give it some air if consuming now and drink it with a juicy steak. Classic Saint-Estèphe! 5-15 years.