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Report of Saturday Wine Tasting of Bordeaux wines Part 2 on 2nd April

Following on from part one when we visited the Right Bank, covering Cote de Bourg, Pomerol and Saint Emilion, we continued our journey on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. Part 2 covered the Graves AOC and the sub-region of Pessac-Leognan.

Chateau Brown Pessac-Leognan 2018

In my experience, Pessac-Leognan, a prestigious appellation in Bordeaux probably produces the best white wines in Bordeaux. The region’s growing reputation has been achieved by making delicious white wines. First off was this stunning wine with lively flavours of Sauvignon restrained by the fullness of the Semillon. The wine having spent some time in oak barrels imparted tender notes of vanilla in harmony with delicious floral fruits. It showed an intensity, firm in the mouth and full bodied with a long, lingering rich finish – A delicious wine. A wild mushroom risotto immediately came to mind as a perfect pairing and seared scallops. A big winner on the night – £59

Chateau Ducasse Graves 2018

A region south of Bordeaux stretching south to the city of Langon. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc the wine received a mixed reaction from those attending, although some wanted to return to it after all wines had been tasted, and enjoyed it more. I found it a fleshy, supple and a rounded wine with an expressive nose of sweet red fruits. The palate was smooth with flavours of raisins, plums and ripe black fruits. More mature characteristics came to the fore such as tobacco, earth and dried herbs. – Pair with pates and terrines, rabbit, roast pork or even spicy dishes and rich cheeses. – £22

Pessac-Leognan Chateau Luchey-Halde 2012

We finished with a red from Pessac-Leognan. An intense, yet elegant wine, a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a touch of Petit Verdot. No complaints here, just sheer joy from all. Extremely aromatic on the nose with notes of blackberry, blackcurrant and plum. The palate was soft and smooth with earthy, undergrowth notes. The tannins were silky which added structure to the wine. Delicate, elegant and long – Lovely! Perfect with roast lamb but also with traditional roast beef, duck or game. – £49

Join us this Saturday 9th April for part three as we continue through the Left Bank

Sonny & Chrissie

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