We’re delighted to extend our offering of the top – and most appealing – wines of the Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 (DWWA20) with two delicious and super-affordable Bordeaux(s) from the same Château, one a 97-point Platinum winner and the other a 95-point Gold.
Perhaps the headline element of this is that both wines do that at £13.50 or less.
The biggest hits of this DWWA season have been Bordeaux(s). We didn’t really expect this; in general, we tend to see greater interest in wines from the New World and elsewhere in Europe (esp Rioja; watch this space) and the DWWA wines this year have typically appeared at a level below that which tend to excite most Bordeaux buyers. This rather bears out the enduring appeal of Bordeaux.
The first two Bordeaux that we brought in from DWWA20 were both Bests in Show. They are, alas, long gone here and at source, being this one and this one. That’s DWWA winners for you. What the first of these, the Lacombe Cadiot, fully showed us, though, was just how excellent and popular a young (2019) Bordeaux at ~£13 could be. It was one of the real revelations of DWWA 20.
These two new ones fit exactly that same mould. We clocked these immediately the results became available. However, being young wines, they are only just available now and we’re delighted to have them landing here very shortly (see below).
We’ll tell you about them…
They are from the Côtes de Blaye. For the unitiated:
Since 1464, Château Bourdieu’s vineyards have flourished. It is now owned by the Schweitzer family and covers some 75 hectares of AOC Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux. The estate vineyards are an average of 35 years in age and grow on a mixture of clay, (mainly) limestone and gravel soils. Luc – who purchased Bourdieu in 1993 - and his two sons - Ludovic and Richard – have propelled Bourdieu to producing some of the finest wines in the appellation.
Each of their cuvées is made with the same attention and the same passion. All are produced with immediacy and earlier drinking in mind.
Which brings us to the two wines. Meant very politely, do pay attention. It’s easy to get muddled up here.
To the unoaked version first. This – confusion alert - is the Platinum-winning ‘standard’ Chateau Bourdieu 2019 (actually the Chateau’s main wine). At the price, the DWWA panel could not have been much more emphatic about its qualities and characteristics:
“Flamboyant and deep, with ample, lush and fresh forest fruits, bramble and cassis, with cascading sweet spice swiftly following. A super, brooding wine which will shine brighter with time”.
(On the matter of drinking windows/when to drink, we’ll be back in a moment).
For those who seek a little more complexity, and all the vanilla-y goodness of oak, you seek the oaked version, which goes by the name of Chateau Bourdieu No. 1 2019. Again, DWWA held back very little in their praise:
“Pristine definition of pure and driving damson, cherry and plum, with understated vanilla oak. Deep and long, the palate reveals a cascade of fleshy black fruits over ripe, fine-grained tannins and fruit-bonded acidity. Lovely stuff”.
There are two matters to conclude with:
Drinking windows: the two wines are made for immediacy and approachability. That’s the Merlot talking. They do not need – and neither are they intended for – long ageing. After some correspondence with the Schweizers, their view (and I support this) is that the optimum drinking windows for the wines are:
Chateau Bourdieu (unoaked) – now until end 2024.
Chateau Bourdieu No. 1 (oaked) – now until end 2027.
Which makes pretty good sense, with the combination of slight pre-oxidation and wood tannins in the No. 1 affording that bit more lengevity.
Arrival: the two wines are on their way in again. We expect them here in the first few days of March.
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