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Chateau Branaire Ducru 4Eme Cru Classe 2008 (1x 75cl)

Classified as a fourth growth, Château Branaire-Ducru is located in the Saint-Julien appellation of Bordeaux. It was acquired by a family enterprise in 1988 and Patrick Maroteaux, who manages the estate, has made considerable improvements to the property. This has given the wine wonderfully consistent quality.

The wine is made in an innovative and practical winery that relies on gravity, eliminating the need to use pumps with the harvested fruit and wine. There is a wide range of tanks of different sizes, which makes it possible to carry out a considered and thorough selection based on the varying characteristics of the different vineyard plots. Around a third of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in new oak barrels. The wines are aged traditionally for between 18 and 24 months in barrels made from French oak (50% of which are new). They are always fined using egg white. 

Château Branaire Ducru is a wine with much complexity and it has the potential to age well over time. The 2008 has an attractive bouquet of ripe plums with densely packed red and black fruit aromas. The palate offers notes of forest, earth and cedar as well as tobacco and leafy notes. It has generous, dense tannins that will soften with age.

£38.90

Chateau Brande-Bergere Bordeaux Superieur 2015 (1x75cl)

Château Brande Bergère is located in the north of Saint-Emilion on a hill with gravelly soil on clay subsoil. It is one of the highest points of the Bordeaux region, overlooking the Dronne valley for over 25 miles. The vineyard of Brande Bergère has been cultivated since the 18th century, and in the 19th century, it was given the designation of origin “North Saint Emilion”. The estate was bought in 1997 by the current owners, Edith and Denis Dalibot. Their winemakers help create powerful, yet elegant wines, with intense aromas and a generous bouquet. This richness allows for a long maturation in the cellar.

This wine is the signature of Château Brande Bergère, reflecting both their terroir and the hard work that is done in the vineyard as well as the cellar. Deep red in colour, this wine is well structured, round, and very elegant.

The winemaker's tasting note for this wine is as follows. "Clean and shiny ruby color. Cherry and violet aromas on the nose. Round and soft tannins make a voluptuous yet balanced wine. This wine delivers ample volume on the palate."

Please click on the blue link below to see some of the technical information for this wine.

Chateau Brande-Bergère 2015 - fiche technique

£12.00

Chateau Camensac 5Eme Cru Classe 2008 (1x 75cl)

For the team at Chateau Camensac, winemaking starts when the first bunches are picked during ther harvest. The selection by the grape picker is of paramount importance as this will keep any imperfect grapes out of the wine. This attention to detail is part of the ethos at Chateau Camensac and is reflected in the quality of their wines.

To see a comprehensive tasting note and fiche technique for this wine, please click on the blue link below.

Chateau Camensac 5eme Cru 2008 - fiche technique

£30.00

Chateau Castera Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2015 (1x75cl)

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Awarded a Platinum Medal and 97 points at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2018 DWWA winners, click here.

For our blog on the wine and the 2015 harvest, click here.

For a full description of this wine - including a few charming translations and turns of phrase - we would direct you to the data sheet/fiche technique from Château Castera themselves (click blue link below)

The one piece of information missing from the data sheet is the barrel ageing/élevage time, which is 12 months.

Château Castera Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2015 - fiche technique

£17.50

Chateau Clerc Milon 5Eme Cru Classe half bottle 1997 (1x 37.5cl)

A legendary terroir, prestigious neighbours, a providential encounter: the history and the success of Château Clerc Milon are summed up in these three words. The terroir is that of Pauillac, where some of the world’s finest wines are made. The neighbours are Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Lafite Rothschild, illustrious First Growths whose nearby vines can be seen from the terrace of the Château. The encounter was with Baron Philippe Rothschild, who in 1970 acquired the then badly neglected estate and decided to restore Château Clerc Milon to its status as a Classified Growth.

This wine is densely coloured, with a slightly brickish tint, while the particularly complex nose reveals scents of wilted flowers, incense and tobacco, mingled with more fleeting blackberry and humus aromas. There is sweetness on the palate which is perfectly combined with well-rounded tannins. The finely balanced, supple structure and the combination of smoky notes with wild berry fruit show that this Clerc Milon is now drinking well.

£25.20

Chateau Cos D Estournel 2Eme Cru Classe 2008 (1x 75cl)

The call of faraway lands. As mysterious and intriguing as a lone adventurer returning from a solitary sail, Cos d’Estournel is slow to reveal itself. Little by little, it evokes stories of distant places, market stalls brimming with unfamiliar fruits, spices and wares, village festivities warmed by the joy of revelers and the setting sun, and sumptuous visions of ladies and their voluptuous curves. A myriad of scents, colors and tastes appeals to the senses. The Grand Vin of Cos d’Estournel is both demure and deliberately sensuous, a fascinating and elegant nectar.

Cos d’Estournel is ideally situated at the heart of an undulating landscape in the northern Médoc. The estate’s rolling contours served as inspiration for its name; ”cos” is derived from the word for “hill of pebbles” in the old Gascon dialect. Keeping the oldest vine plants alive is crucial to perpetuating Cos d’Estournel’s rich heritage. Despite their low yield and the special care they require, these plants produce the grapes that shape the core identity of the estate’s wines.

The low yield of the vines promoted the ripening of the Cabernet Sauvignon, with stunning precision. It naturally blends with the roundness of the Merlot, to deliver a wine of classic style and elegant finesse. Cos d’Estournel 2008 has beautiful freshness and the powerful notes soften to allow the fruit flavours to appear.

"Ripe and generous with all the flavours quite open and accessible now even in its youth. This is a solid vintage for Cos but one that is an early drinking style. Tannins are firm and supple with the dark fruits and spices already at the fore." Jeannie Cho Lee

£89.40

Chateau Cos D'estournel 2Eme Cru Classe 2007 (1x 75cl)

The call of faraway lands. As mysterious and intriguing as a lone adventurer returning from a solitary sail, Cos d’Estournel is slow to reveal itself. Little by little, it evokes stories of distant places, market stalls brimming with unfamiliar fruits, spices and wares, village festivities warmed by the joy of revelers and the setting sun, and sumptuous visions of ladies and their voluptuous curves. A myriad of scents, colors and tastes appeals to the senses. The Grand Vin of Cos d’Estournel is both demure and deliberately sensuous, a fascinating and elegant nectar.

Cos d’Estournel is ideally situated at the heart of an undulating landscape in the northern Médoc. The estate’s rolling contours served as inspiration for its name; ”cos” is derived from the word for “hill of pebbles” in the old Gascon dialect. Keeping the oldest vine plants alive is crucial to perpetuating Cos d’Estournel’s rich heritage. Despite their low yield and the special care they require, these plants produce the grapes that shape the core identity of the estate’s wines.

This wine, now slightly mature, offers a soft and velvety character and is a wine that deserves our full attention. The 2007 is now an elegant combination of sweet spices with smoky notes and grilled red fruit.

£84.00

Chateau de Rouillac, Pessac-Leognan 2012 (1x75cl)

A concentrated deep red wine, with ripe red and black fruit flavours enhanced by spicy notes of cloves and subtle truffle flavours. Silky smooth on the palate with fine and elegant tannins and a long, succulent finish.

£28.25

Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse 5Eme Cru Classe 2006 (1x 75cl)

Grand-Puy Ducasse 2006 has an intense, deep garnet colour, with a pure nose of ripe fruits and blond tobacco. The palate, juicy and delicious, is dominated by a vibrant fruit, mixed with notes of soft spices and of licorice. The wine is medium-bodied with integrated and silky tannins, and has a long length. It is a Pauillac to keep in the cellar and that has started to show a part of its charms.

£40.00

Chateau L Evangile 2006 (1x 75cl)

The Léglise family from Libourne founded the property that was to become Château L’Évangile. They were actively involved, around the middle of the 18th century, in the creation of Pomerol’s vineyards. In 1990, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) acquired L’Évangile from the Ducasse family with a view to ensuring that the property was looked after to the same high standard. Their initial influence included a more refined selection of the Grand Vin, and the creation of Blason de L’Évangile as a second wine. Efforts were also undertaken to improve the vineyard with a restoration and partial renewal plan that was launched in 1998. The complete renovation of the vat room and the cellar, which was finished in 2004, completed the property’s new configuration.

Château L’Evangile’s wines are described in an old edition of “Grand Vins de Bordeaux”, as “full-bodied and elegant, with incomparable finesse”. The same can still be said today.

Rigorous selection is carried out at Château L’Évangile and the grapes from each plot are separated into batches in order to judge their potential and whether they are suitable for use in the wine at the end of fermentation. Traditional and modern winemaking methods are both used in all of the winery’s operations. Fermentation in vats is carried out using the traditional method of pumping over and controlled maceration, with frequent tasting. Once fermentation is completed, the wine is matured in oak barrels for 18 months.

The mild spring in 2006 was followed by lovely weather in July and quite a cool August. These conditions produced nicely ripened grapes with lots of freshness. At the beginning of September the sun came back in full force, bringing the phenolic maturity to a perfect finish.

"Abundant amounts of dark raspberry and black cherry fruit intertwined with sweet plums and hints of figs as well as spring flowers jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, fleshy, supple-textured, silky wine. Drink it now or cellar it for 15-20 years." Robert Parker

 

£91.20

Chateau La Fleur Grands-Landes Montagne St. Emilion 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2018 edition review of the St-Emilion satellite appellations 2015 vintage (see blue link below).

Château La Fleur Grands-Landes Montagne St. Emilion 2015 - April 2018 Decanter review

The Durand family has owned the seven hectare estate in the Montagne district since the 18th century. In 1969, M. Carrère, Mme Durand's husband took over the estate, shaping it to its current form. Since 1997, his daughter Isabelle Carrère, oenologist from Michel Rolland's team, has been running the estate having taught viticulture and oenology for 10 years.

Generous flowering took place followed by a hot, dry early summer. August was slightly cooler and damper, followed by good weather in September enabling the grapes to reach full maturity. Generally the harvest took place earlier than the previous year. 2015 has been cited as a great modern Bordeaux vintage of excellent quality.

The vines are grown on slopes in clay soils. The vineyards are carefully managed throughout the year, with debudding, manual removal of the vine-shoots, leafthinning and green harvesting all being carefully performed. Chemical fertilisers are not used; instead vegetal based compost is added moderately to the soil having monitored its equilibrium. A manual harvest takes place when the grapes are slightly overripe to get a better phenolic maturity of the skins and the pips.

The grapes were carefully sorted by hand after a total destemming on the sorting table. 20% of the wine was bled off. A cold maceration took place prior to fermentation, which lasted three to four days. The fermentation was carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, with daily pump-overs and lasted for three weeks. The wine was then matured, with 80% aged in vats and 20% in oak barrels.

A medium bodied Bordeaux , with spicy, dark fruits and herbal notes combined with earthy hints. A beautifully balanced wine with silky tannins and a light finish. A lovely match for beef wellington or barbequed chicken.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£13.90

Chateau Puy Guilhem, Fronsac 2009 (1x75cl)

A powerful yet elegant red with ripe berried fruits enhanced by a subtle note of oak spice. Full bodied, with juicy fruit and an attractive savoury note on the finish.

£22.70

Chateau Talbot Connetable Talbot 2007 (1x 75cl)

A Médoc Grand Cru Classé, Château Talbot comprises 110 hectares of a single vineyard in the heart of the Saint-Julien commune, an outstanding appellation as it counts no fewer than 11 classified growths. Ideally situated on the banks of the Gironde estuary on hilltops of alluvial gravel carried by the Dordogne River from the Massif Central and from the Pyrenees by the Garonne, Château Talbot’s terroir is exceptional. Connétable Talbot is considered to be one of the best second wines of the Médoc. Connétable was first produced back in the 1960s. It has benefitted over the years from all the care given to the vineyard and increasingly astute selections. Like Château Talbot, this is a classic, elegant wine with a clear, well-designed structure and a long, fresh finish.

To see Château Talbot's excellent fiche technique for this wine, please click on the blue link below.

Chateau Talbot Connetable Talbot 2007 - fiche technique

£20.00

Clos Louie 2003 (1x 75cl)

Full of elegance and finesse, releases aromas of blueberry and mocha and notes of grilled wood and vanilla with marvellous amplitude, after one has experienced its velvety body.

£28.20
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