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Report of Saturday Wine Tasting of Bordeaux wines Part 4 on 16th April

We continued with the Left Bank introducing three more wines from two of the famous communes. Saint-Julien and Margaux.

We kicked off with one from Saint-Julien, the smallest of the famous four communes. Stylistically, where wines are described as a “midway point” between the powerful reds of Pauillac and the finesse of Margaux’s.

Chateau Lagrange Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2015

Les Fief de Lagrange is the second wine of the 3rd growth estate now enjoying huge success. A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. A savoury nose of cassis and dried blackberry. The palate revealed minted and spicy notes with a balance between acidity and a tannic structure, resulting in a superb balance and elegance. Crisp, fresh and a pleasant light graphite seam toward the finish. A beautiful wine. The vintage is considered one of the most complete since the 2009 vintage. I would drink now and over the next two years. Pair with red meat, feathered game, lamb and hard cheese – £49

Sarget de Gruaud Larose 2014

A second wine from the famous second growth property, Gruaud Larose. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 22%, Petit Verdot 4% and Cabernet Franc 4%, this superb second wine shares many characteristics with the Grand Vin, but is approachable younger. Black cherry flavours with hints of mint and tobacco and a vibrant mouthfeel with notes of pure red fruit. A bright acidity came through in the herb tinged finish. Pair with classic meat dishes, veal, pork, game, duck and beef. Also with Asian dishes, mushrooms and strong hard cheese. – £49

Margaux Segla Chateau Rauzan Segla 2012

Our final wine was the second wine from the famous Chateau Rauzan-Segla estate that is currently producing some of the best wine of Margaux. Slightly more Merlot (50%) and just 15% new oak ensured that the blend was ripe and flattering. Although it states 50% Cabernet in the blend I suspected some Petit Verdot there which added spice and cedar aromas. An intense and seductive bouquet, typical of wines from Margaux, lead to a complex palate, rich with flavours of sweet cherry, redcurrant and mineral content. The supple tannins and the silky balance made for a fantastic wine. Serve with beef, lamb, venison, wild mushrooms and well flavoured cheese. – £49

All three wines were a big hit on the night.

Join us this Saturday 23rd April for the final part of our journey through Bordeaux. Those wishing to stay on for dinner in the restaurant should please book ahead.

Sonny & Chrissie

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