This is mostly Merlot, with a dash of spicy oak, and it's drinking well now. £12.50 a bottle.
2015 was a terrific vintage, we think, especially for the Merlot-driven wines of Bordeaux’s Right Bank. This is a reasonably punchy Bordeaux that can be aged a few years, or drink it quite happily now. Try also in magnum.
The back label: ‘This is a classic Bordeaux blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium bodied and partially aged in oak, it’s easy, fruity and supple enough to drink quite young. A French bistro sort of wine.' 13.5% alc.
See our nifty 'best to drink' graphic on the back label, a few pics from the vineyard below, or our 'Restaurant listings' which show you're in good company.
We harvested the grapes in lovely condition at the start of October - see the images below when Rick Stein paid us a visit - and the result is a smooth and quaffable red that’s easy to drink. This calls out to be drunk with red meats, preferably beef or lamb, or most forms of game.
2015 was a dry year, with every month from March to October being drier than average – except for a wetter August. Crucially, it was pretty dry from 18 Sept-2 Oct for the bulk of the red harvest. 2015 is an excellent vintage, notably for the Right Bank of Bordeaux with some top-notch Merlot-based wines, but unlike other top Bordeaux vintages in 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010, the harvest brought plenty of anxiety over when to pick. The vines and bunches ended up being extremely healthy at harvest time, and it was a very good vintage - supported by good yields on the reds, if lower on the whites.
The same wine is available 'UK duty free' from our WineCollect.com site: collect from Calais or the Château.
- Expert opinion
- pics at the Chateau
“Wonderful plummy fruit and liquorice and leather scent. Soft, feathery tannins and just the right amount of mid weight. Not hugely complex, but presses all the right buttons for this level of Bordeaux. Very pleasurable claret.”Richard Hemming MW, Jancis Robinson.com
“Today this is a model estate for Bordeaux, the white wines clean cut and vibrant, the reds increasingly good. And yet they remain affordable.”Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com
“Red, pink and white, they are utterly drinkable, each possessing a classic, mouthwatering Bordeaux texture and easy going fruit.”Oz Clarke