It's pretty rare to find a quality 2010 claret at this price - including VAT, UK duty and delivery for a dozen - and from a Cru Bourgeois Supérieur. The blend is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and I feel this structured, classic Médoc needs decanting to open up - like many wines from this excellent vintage which demands patience. Medium bodied, with savoury, tobacco leaf and cedar character, and a good match for lamb, beef and game. 13.5% vol. £17 a bottle.
Andrew McInnes's strategy is a most unusual one for Bordeaux - to cellar his wines until they're ready to be enjoyed (Château Latour are now doing the same). And what a cellar: a vast cathedral-like space comprising hundreds of thousands of bottles at a perfect temperature underground. And that's after the time spent in barrel in equally sound conditions; there are three châteaux under one roof, including Ch Ramafort and Grivière. The immaculate vineyards outside are at the highest point of the Médoc.
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Do have a quick glance at the small selection of photos below.
- pics at the Chateau