red bordeaux

Bordeaux (Red)

The great city of Bordeaux, with its extraordinary combination of narrow medieval streets and wide 18th and 19th century boulevards, gives its name to one of the greatest wine producing regions of the world. It is the historical capital of Aquitaine - whose most famous daughter, Eleanor, married firstly King Louis VII of France and secondly (following an annullment) King Henry II of England. Thus control of Aquitaine passed to the English Crown, where it remained until the end of the 100 Years War in 1453.

But while the formal ties between England and Aquitaine came to an end, the trade links established at the time have remained strong ever since. Much of the wine produced in the region, and further afield in South West France, was exported from Bordeaux to the great English ports of London, Southampton, Bristol and Liverpool. Many English and Irish families settled in the region - most famously the Talbots, Bartons, Lynches and Johnstones - names which still resonate, illustrating the enduring power of the links established through the wine trade over many centuries.

Today the great red wines of Bordeaux, known to the English speaking world as Claret, are among the most famous and sought after in the world. But though the stage may be dominated by the left bank properties classified in 1855, and the great châteaux of the right bank appellations of St Emilion and Pomerol, there are also a great many unsung heros producing wines of real class and style across the region and its satellites. 



Château Bourgneuf Vayron

A 9 hectare vineyard on the west side of Château Trotanoy, owned by the Vayron family and taken care of by Christian Moueix and his team - so there is a hint of reflected glory here from Pétrus!

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2010 Château Bourgneuf Vayron, Pomerol
 12 Bottles
A lovely toasty-smokey character overlays the fruit scents. Well balanced on the palate, with very pronounced, succulent fruit. Fine tannins and a long, complex finish. A very fine Pomerol. 
2011 Château Bourgneuf Vayron, Pomerol
 12 Bottles
Very fine, classic Pomerol aromas. Big and complex on the palate, with powerful extraction and very long, complex fruit flavours. Good wine. 
2012 Château Bourgneuf Vayron, Pomerol
 12 Bottles
"This is a positive and forceful effort from Bourgneuf, which tends to produce tannic and rustic wines. The 2012 is neither astringent, earthy nor too rustic. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by notes of black currants, black cherries, cola, forest floor and coffee beans. Fresh and medium to full-bodied with excellent concentration and a nicely textured, clean finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years. 87-89" Robert Parker 

Château Campillot

2010 Château Campillot, Médoc
 12 Bottles
Dense concentration of ripe dark fruits. Complex and long. Very fine, from this outstanding vintage. 

Château Caronne Sainte Gemme

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2008 Château Caronne Sainte Gemme, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Haut Médoc Halves
 24 Halves
Classic Claret on the nose - lovely dark fruits and cedarwood aromas. Full of delicious supple fruit on the palate, with fine, fresh acidity and ripe, well integrated tannins. Superb drinking now and over the coming years from this highly dependable property. 
2012 Château Caronne Sainte Gemme, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Haut Médoc
 12 Bottles
"I like the nose on the Caronne Ste Gemme this year: nicely composed with well-integrated oak, understated but unfolding in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and there is a touch of greenness, which takes the edge of this wine. Hopefully will gain some weight and flesh in barrel because it does have potential. Tasted April 2013. 87-89" Neal Martin in Wine Journal May 2013 

Château Devise d'Ardilley

2010 Château Devise d'Ardilley, Cru Bourgeois Haut Médoc
 12 Bottles
2010 Château Devise d'Ardilley, Cru Bourgeois Haut Médoc Magnums
 6 Magnums

Château Doyenné

2010 Château Le Doyenné, 1ères Côtes de Bordeaux
 12 Bottles

Château Ducru Beaucaillou

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2016 Château Ducru Beaucaillou, 2ème Cru St Julien
 12 Bottles
"The 2016 Ducru-Beaucaillou, bottled in August 2018, is very deep in color. It has a tightly wound bouquet of blackberry, boysenberry and minerals and a faint estuarine tang of oyster shells. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, layers of pure blackberry and wild strawberry, and veins of blue fruit tinged with a conspicuous graphite note that becomes more pronounced with aeration. This is almost a Pauillac-like Ducru-Beaucaillou, quite noble and blue-blooded. A wine that should give 40 to 50 years of drinking pleasure. 97" Neal Martin, 

Château Grand Puy Lacoste

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2016 Château Grand Puy Lacoste, 5ème Cru Pauillac
 12 Bottles
The 2016 Grand-Puy-Lacoste has a superb, vibrant, tobacco-infused bouquet that soars from the glass; it is extremely well defined and classic, just as you expect from this Pauillac. The medium-bodied palate displays succulent tannin that hides the backbone supporting this wine. It is more approachable than the Grand Puy Lacoste of a decade ago, yet retains the essence of its terroir. This is one of the most elegant GPLs of recent years. 95" Neal Martin, 

Château Lafite Rothschild

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2011 Château Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac x 1
 1 Bottle
"A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot (harvested between September 3-21), the 2011 Lafite Rothschild came in at 12.6% natural alcohol (considerably lower than in 2010 and 2009). Exhibiting a deep ruby/purple color, lots of crushed rock, red and black currant, forest floor and underbrush characteristics, moderate tannin and medium body, it is built somewhat along the lines of the 1999 and 2001. It should be a 20- to 25-year wine, but it is not at the level of the 2008, 2009 and 2010. Fresh acids give the wine a somewhat more clipped feeling than most great Lafites have exhibited. Nevertheless, there is a lot of freshness and vibrancy to this vintage. 90-93" Robert Parker 
2012 Château Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac x 1
 1 Bottle
"The classically styled 2012 exhibits attractive elegance, medium body and outstanding concentration, but not the complexity and depth or prodigious qualities of many other recent Lafites. It is a relatively soft, spicy effort displaying notes of crushed rocks, white chocolate, black currants and graphite. It should be drinkable in 5-8 years and last for two decades. 92-95" Robert Parker 

Château Vieux Lartigue

2010 Château Vieux Lartigue, Grand Cru St Emilion
 12 Bottles

Château Latour

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2011 Château Latour, 1er Cru Pauillac x 1
 1 Bottle
"A blend of 84.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, the 2011 Latour represents only 34% of the crop. It hit 13.1% natural alcohol. One of the vintage's most compelling wines, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet, open-knit personality with ripe tannin, superb intensity, good purity and harmony, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and lots of crushed rock, floral and black as well as blue fruit notes in addition to hints of ink and forest floor. This beautifully rich, savory Latour will be surprisingly drinkable in 4-5 years, and should age easily for two decades or more. 93-95" Robert Parker 

Château Léoville Poyferré

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2016 Château Léoville Poyferré, 2ème Cru St Julien
 12 Bottles
"The 2016 Léoville-Poyferré has a pH of 3.66 and an IPT level of 88. It seems to have tightened up since en primeur, now offering intense blackberry, bilberry and veins of blue fruit; there’s a little gloss here but the terroir comes through. The smooth, sensual palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, very well-judged acidity and great substance and style on the finish. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most sophisticated Poyferré in recent years. 13.6% alcohol. 96" Neal Martin, 

Château Mathiot

2015 Château Mathiot, Bordeaux
 12 Bottles
2016 Château Mathiot, Bordeaux
 12 Bottles

Château La Mission Haut Brion

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2016 Château La Mission Haut Brion Rouge, Cru Classé Graves x 6
 6 Bottles
"The 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion was stunning from barrel, and now in bottle. It has a sublime bouquet of blackberries, briar and hints of dark chocolate and rose petals that gain intensity with aeration while maintaining ethereal delineation. It never steps on the accelerator too hard. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is still a veneer of new oak that will need to be assimilated over the coming years. This is a deep La Mission that caresses the mouth. Touches of graphite lingering on a finish that fans out gloriously. Is the 2016 up there with the 1955 or 1989? Nearly. 99" Neal Martin, 

Château Pontet Canet

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2012 Château Pontet Canet, 5ème Cru Pauillac x 6
 6 Bottles
"A softer, less powerful and less prodigiously endowed Pontet Canet, the 2012 exhibits notes of creme de cassis and new barrique vanillin followed by a medium-bodied, elegant wine with sweeter tannin (and less of it) than is found in the great vintages that immediately precede it. The 2012 is certainly outstanding and, in fact, many readers may prefer it to the blockbuster, out-of-this-world, over-sized 2010, 2009 and 2008. Medium-bodied, pure and expressive, this classic Pauillac should only require 5-6 years of cellaring. It should drink well for two decades thereafter. 91-94" Robert Parker 

Château Sénéjac

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Chateau Senejac
2013 Château Sénéjac, Cru Bourgeois Haut Médoc
 12 Bottles

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