The Bordeaux blend has been copied with considerable success in many other wine regions, the ultimate compliment. The Left Bank of the Gironde River boasts the great Chateaux of the Medoc and Graves, whilst on the Right Bank, Saint Emilion (arguably the most beautiful commune) and Pomerol. Bordeaux is synonymous with the finest quality, predominantly in red wines though great dry whites are made in the Pessac Leognan, and most wine lovers will strive to taste the sweet white wines of Chateau Yquem and its neighbouring Chateau in Sauternes and Barsac.
Owned and run by the Lafon family since 1903, Chateau Tour St Bonnet is spread across 40 hectares with an average vine age of 35 years old. The estate is known for producing elegant and intense wines with dark fruit driven flavours. The 2006 is no exception, aged for around 18 months in oak foudres which gives a more subtle flavour than the commonly used barriques, there are notes of dried plum and pencil shavings on the nose with dominant dark fruits on the palate - theres a definite savoury note here. This is a great wine to serve alongside a meal, try it with a roast beef dinner.
Situated between the Medoc, Graves and Saint-Emilion is Chateau Le Grand Verdus, alongside the vineyard is a magnificent castle dating from the Renaissance period. It is here amongst these beautiful surroundings that the 2011 Le Grand Verdus Rose is created. Beautifully fresh and fruity, this is a delicious wine with a definite intensity, so easy to drink!
This is a remarkable acheivement by Fabien Vincent, to make a wine on unrecognised terroir to challenge Bordeauxs elite is impressive. There is great meticulation at work here, and it starts with knowing your land so well as to recognise a small plot of exceptional terroir, similar in guise to that at Chateau Petrus. Of course it is not Chateau Petrus, but its suitability to en…
The Vieilles Vignes cuvee is produced from 33 hectares of low yielding vines with an average age of 70 years. This wine carries a great deal of aromatic complexity; lots of dark fruit, warm spices and some tobacco. The acidity and tannic structure suggest that a few more years of rest would perfect this feast for the senses.
Legende R is from the collection of wine from Domaine Baron de Rotschild (Lafite).
It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Bordeaux vineyard. The wine has spent 9 months in oak barrel.