Bordeaux Explorer Case - Half Dozen
Claret needs little introduction to many wine drinkers; it has been a household name in the UK for centuries now. There are, however, some better than others and this case demonstrates the subtle differences between different parts of Bordeaux. The Left Bank, represented here by Château Cissac, often has a leaner character due to it containing more Cabernet Sauvignon, while the Right Bank, famous for Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, uses more of the softer, fleshier Merlot. While you pay a lot for the top wines, we’ve included two excellent examples from ‘satellite appellations’ too which are worth hunting out as they are usually excellent value. Tanners Claret also has a higher proportion of Merlot in it, making it more approachable in its youth. Bordeaux Supérieur refers to the fact that the wine has achieved a higher alcohol level than AC Bordeaux, this is usually indicative of the fact that riper, richer grapes with better flavour to them are used to make these wines.
One of the beauties of Claret is that it changes as it gets older, with the initial blackcurranty fruit giving way to more mature, leathery, cedary aromas and flavours. It’s worth appreciating the interest this can bring to a meal for example, as you match these flavours with different foods – exactly as the property owners would hope you do.