A rich and sumptuous red from one of the most imposing châteaux on Bordeaux's right bank, overlooking the Dordogne river. 2015 was a terrific vintage here and this is a blend of 84% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Malbec. Xavier Buffo, the MD, was once a vineyard consultant for us in the early days of our time at Bauduc and it's no surprise he's making such good wines from an undervalued appellation. 40% of this wine was aged in new French oak barrels, 60% in one-year old oak.
It's excellent value as well. If you were to visit the estate, and take a tour of the impressive, vast underground cellars, you'd be paying as much for this wine at the cellar door. Drink this 2015 - a ripe and lush wine but with plenty of structure - now or over the next 3-7 years. Decant if possible - though not essential - so that the oaky tannins soften with some air. 14.5% vol.
Do have a quick glance at the small selection of photos below.
- pics at the Chateau