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Report of Saturday Wine Tasting of Bordeaux wines Part 3 on 9th April

Three new wines were introduced from the Left Bank, featuring wines from
The Medoc, Haut Medoc and St Estephe.

First up was a wine from the Medoc AOC, covering the North end of the Left Bank which is predominantly planted with equal parts of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Although there are no classed growths within the Medoc AOC, it is often thought of as being home to the best of the best of the rest and in riper vintages, some of the best value Bordeaux has to offer, many of which will be labelled Cru Bourgeous.

Chateau La Pigotte Terre Feu 2016 – Medoc

The Estate has been family run for 80 years. The 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot showed notes of fresh redcurrants, plums and bramble fruits. Although not stated as being part of the blend, I suspected a very small percentage of Petit Verdot in the blend. The subtle mineral note combined with some sweet spice probably brought on by the addition of Petit Verdot. For me the inclusion of Petit Verdot is what brought on the additional spiciness. The pepper on the steak if you like. Petit Verdot played a big part in the 2016 vintage. Enjoyed by all. Serve with roasted meats such as game birds or lamb – £18.95

Chateau Beaumont Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeous 2015

Next up was a Cru Bourgeous from the Haut Medoc, highly rated by wine critics with scores in the 90’s. This estate stands on the gravely Medoc Plane and is known for consistently producing fine wines. The wine, a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, lightly oaked, combined to give a typically vigorous blackcurrant, plum and spice scented wine with firm and supple tannins. Although stated to drink up to 10 years, I would drink this more in its youth as it comes across as both forward and early drinking. In my view, drink now. Classic pairing with game and beef, grilled, roasted or slow cooked. Also good with pork, lamb or duck. A perfect match with Asian dishes and hearty fish courses like tuna. – £39.50

La Dame De Montrose 2014 – St Estephe

Our final wine was a real treat. The highly rated second wine of Chateau Montrose, a second growth classified wine. A blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot.A gorgeous second wine with a lovely nose of cassis and delicate leafy, earthy aromas. Juicy, rich, elegant and spicy on the palate, it really is a mineral red Bordeaux with an excellent balance of ripeness and fresh dry tannins and acidity. Just a lovely, long, clean finish. Scores well into the 90’s. Although critics state it can be drunk 10 years and beyond, I would not go beyond 10 years myself. Everything to me says drink now! Serve with all sorts of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken – £69

Join us this Saturday 16th April for our extended tastings through Bordeaux as we cover Part 4 of this famous region

Sonny & Chrissie

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