Bordeaux 2016

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  1. Château La Roque de By
    Médoc
    Cru Bourgeois 0,75l Red
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    €9.99 €8.26
    An attractive Cru Bourgeois made in the north of the Médoc by the talented grandsons of Marc Pages. Bright dark violet colour, fresh, sweet and fruity on the nose with good blackcurrant flavour, firmly structured palate and a fresh, lively finish. Great value.
  2. Château Les Charmes Godard
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0,75l White
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    €12.50 €10.33
    Purchased by Nicolas Thienpont in 1988, the estate produces a fine white wine which rivals better known Bordeaux. This year there is more Sauvignon in the wine than usual, with the blend being 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Sauvignon Gris and 50% Semillon. Pale lemon colour with ripe orchard fruit aromas, fresh and good spicy flavours with lots of acidity, lots of personality, wild flowers, grapefruit, apple blossom, oak ; pretty.
  3. Château de Carles
    Fronsac
    0,75l Red
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    €13.15 €10.87
    A lovely wine from Fronsac with good ambitions: Medium red colour; pleasant, fresh red fruit on the nose; attractive taste of spice, sweet, vanilla, liquorice, and ripe, plummy fruit. An attractive, round and generous wine with a good sweet long finish.
  4. Château La Prade
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0,75l Red
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    €13.30 €10.99
    Located in Saint Cibard, near the Thienpont family home, Nicolas bought this estate in 2000 on the limestone plateau and this wine always has a note of freshness from this soil. The 2016 is very attractive and perfumed, rich in the nose with a blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc. There is lots of dense Merlot fruit here, great freshness and personality. A lovely wine with good fruit and spicy intensity.
  5. Château Puygueraud
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0,75l Red
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    €13.65 €11.28
    Purchased by Georges Thienpont in 1946 and home to his family of 13 children, Puygueraud is a testament to the Thienpont family who put the Côtes de Francs on the Bordeaux wine map. This is a really charming vintage with a dark crimson colour, fresh and spicy nose with wild herb aromas, blueberries and blackcurrants; lovely spice and freshness, on the palate with great persistence. Delicious with lots of life and verve. Super.
  6. Château La Chenade
    Lalande-de-Pomerol
    0,75l Red
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    €18.25 €15.08
    We always love this wine that is so well-made, approachable and enjoyable that it has become a great success for us. Made by the talented Denis Durantou of Eglise Clinet fame, from a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Medium bodied with sweet aromas of cherries, vanilla and spice, the wine is round and smooth with good lush fruit, ripeness and length. Delicious already.
  7. Château Puy-Blanquet
    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
    0,75l Red
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    €18.60 €15.37
    A perennial favourite and still quite classic style that this year shows more ripeness and sweetness than in the past. It has a dark ruby colour, intense, pretty red fruit and smoky aromas with an expressive attack, good freshness and balance. Round tannins and a lively structure. Well-made.
  8. Château Clauzet
    Saint-Estèphe
    0,75l Red
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    €19.51 €16.12
    A fabulous success for this very consistent cru bourgeois owned by Belgian, Baron Velge who has lavished such care and attention on this estate. Everything that I look for in a wine of this class – fresh fruity flavours in the nose and palate, sweet red fruit ripeness, soft but present tannins, good use of oak, a juicy, fresh and long finish. This deserves a place in everyone’s cellar for medium term drinking.
  9. Château Fonbel
    Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
    0,75l Red
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    €19.51 €16.12
    This “baby Ausone” made from a 16 hectare vineyard lower down the slopes from its big brother, is a blend of 76% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Carmenère and 7% Petit Verdot. Very attractive with very bright, crunchy red fruit character, lots of freshness and life and expressive aromas of blackberry and sweet cherries. Already drinking well now, this will be a great wine offering good value and medium term drinking.
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