Wines of Bordeaux
A red wine from Frédéric Roubineau of Château Ninon. The vineyards of the Château are spread thoughout the communes of Grézillac, Lugaignac et Daignac, in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers district. This Bordeaux Rouge is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruity and aromatic it is full-bodied and well-balanced with soft tannins and will pair nicely with cold cuts, meats and with cheeses. Will keep for about 4-5 years.
Château Reindent is a small estate situated in Villegouge owned by the Saby family who vinify the grapes at Château Hauchat in Fronsac. The latter is another wine which we are also happy to have. Château Reindent is a full-bodied Bordeaux supérieur made from Merlot. With aromas of ripe berries and with 13% alcohol, it is fragrant, powerful and full-bodied and goes very nicely with red meats such as beef and venison. The wine has won many awards including gold at the Challenge International du Vin in 2013 and silver at the Concours général agricole in 2018.
Château La Tour du Pin Figeac is a Bordeaux property making wine in the Saint-Émilion appellation. It is currently owned by the Giraud family. The wine is a blend of 75% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc and the remainder is Cabernet Sauvignon. Made by fermentation in cement and stainless steel vats with some ageing in new barrels, it is a full-bodied and fruity wine and will be best 3-12 years after the harvest. Ideal accompaniment to lamb, veal, poultry and game as well as cheese.
Château Haut-Surget from the Lalande-de-Pomerol appellation is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Aromas of strawberry, raspberry are present and, with age, leather and coconut may be found with hints of spice and vanilla also. Fruity with an excellent balance and medium tannins there is a delightfully long finish. An award winner taking bronze at the Concours des Grands Vins de France à Macon in 2014 and gold at the Concours de Bordeaux Vins d’Aquitaine in the same year, this wine will age 5 – 10 years. Will pair well with veal, chicken, duck and other meats and, of course, cheese.
Château des Gravières is a red Graves wine made from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are from vines roughly 25 years old. The wine is aged for 12 months in 100% French oak barrels a third of which are new. With a beautiful garnet colour and aromas of ripe red fruit the wine is complex with some notes of vanilla due to the aging in barrels. Well-balanced on the palate with a very pleasant finish. Goes well with beef, lamb, pork or poultry.
Another award winner taking silver at the Challenge International du Vin in 2014 and again at the Concours General Agricole Paris in 2015, this wine from Château Hauchat “La Rose” is made from vines grown on the plateau of Saint-Aignan an area linked to the quality of the Fronsac Appellation. The vineyard looks south-west towards its famous neighbor, Pomerol, and has perfect sunshine and drainage. The Hauchat estate was purchased by the Saby family in 1973 who supply us with several red wines. This wine is 100% Merlot and spends 12 months in new French oak barrels. A dark purple colour leads to aromas of plums, currants and berries with a balanced medium to full body and a long finish. Very nice indeed with all kind of meat dishes, stews and roasts.
Another wine from Vignobles Saby who have been making wine in Bordeaux for about nine generations. Jean-Christophe and Jean-Phillippe run their 70 hectares of vineyards around Libourne, the wine-making capital of the Northern Gironde. Their wines include Château Rozier, a Saint Emilion Grand Cru (below), Château Hauchat from Fronsac (above) and this one, Château Bertin from Montagne-Saint-Emilion. The wine is made from hand-picked grapes – 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc – and spends 12 months in new and used French oak barrels. The fruity aromas are ripe and mature while the full body is distinguished by its delicate balance. Roundness on the palate and smooth tannins result in a delicate and fine finish. Very nice with beef, lamb, poultry as well as cheese.
Saint-Georges-Saint-Émilion is north of Saint-Émilion, on the right bank of the river Barbanne. Together with Lussac-Saint-Émilion, Montagne-Saint-Émilion and Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion, it is one of the so-called “satellites” of Saint-Émilion proper. Saint-Georges-Saint-Émilion produces red wine only. Nearly all of the Bordeaux grape varieties can be used including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Malbec although this particular wine is 70% Merlot with 30% Cabernet Franc. Full, round, lush and fruit-filled on the palate it has excellent structure, balance and a fine finish. Saint-André Corbin was starred in Le Guide Hachette des Vins in 2015 and 2016 and took bronze in the Challenge International du Vin in 2014. Excellent with beef and other red meats, stews and casseroles.
Including a gold at the Concours de Bordeaux, Vins d’Aquitaine and another at the Concours Général Agricole in 2018, this wine from Vignobles Saby has won many awards. As one one might expect of a St Emilion Grand Cru, it is made principally of Merlot (80%) with 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested from mature vines which are on average 40 years old. The juice is fermented in cement and stainless steel vats and the wine is then aged in barrels, 30% of which are new. With a deep purple colour and aromas of black fruit the wine is well-balanced, rich and full-bodied with soft tannins and a long finish. An excellent accompaniment to beef, venison, lamb and poultry.
St Julien is a mid-Médoc appellation lying between Margaux to the south and Pauillac to the north. It is sometimes said that its wine can be divided into two types: those from the south which are smoother and more akin to the wines of Margaux and those from the north which are more powerful like those of Pauillac. The grape varieties in St-Julien may include Cabernet Sauvignon which predominates, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Chateau Lalande is made principally of Cabernet Sauvignon with some additional Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Aromas of black fruit combine well with oak notes from long barrel aging and the wine is round and elegant on the palate with a good finish. A great wine to keep for many years. Ideal with grilled meats, lamb, beef or venison as well as poultry. A bronze winner at the Concours de Bordeaux Vins d’Aquitaine in 2014 and a star in Le Guide Hachette des Vins in the same year.
Since 1847, the vineyards which produce Chateau des Gravières have been managed by the Labuzan family. The current proprietors, Thierry and Denis, are specialists in viticulture and oenology. These qualifications and their passion for quality must account for their list of awards: International Wine Challenge, 2018: Silver; International Wine Challenge, 2017: Bronze; Concours General Agricole Paris, 2014: Silver and others besides. Made from a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Sémillon from vines over 25 years of age, the wine carries the Graves appellation. It is pale yellow with a delicately floral and fruity bouquet and is crisp and acidic on the palate. It has been aged on the lees for 6 months giving it further complexity. It is light and fresh and the makers suggest partnering with oily fish. It would also be very nice with poultry and cheese or just to be savoured on its own. Drink young.
Fleur de Ninon is a wonderfully balanced, fragrant, crisp, light and fresh white wine from the Entre-deux-Mers appellation in Bordeaux. This is the largest wine appellation in Bordeaux and lies between the Dordogne river to the north and the Garonne to the south. The wine is produced by Frédéric Roubineau of Château Ninon. Made from a blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc and Gris, 30% Semillon and 15% Muscadelle, it is the perfect partner for seafood and cheese or just to be savoured on its own. It should be drunk young.
The Sauternes Appellation is rightly famed throughout the wine world for its fragrant, lush, rich and sweet white wine. Carmes de Rieussec fits this description admirably. The wine is made predominantly from the Sémillon grape which accounts for about 90% of the plantings of the Chateau with Sauvignon and Muscadelle accounting for the remainder. In this region, noble rot or, as the French have it, la pourriture noble, dessicates the grape and intensifies the concentration of the sugar. At the same time, the responsible fungus Botrytis imparts a haunting and unique aroma. Carmes de Rieussec is the second wine of the Chateau which also produces a small amount of dry white wine known simply as ‘R.’ After extensive modernisation to the cellar and the production areas, Château Rieussec 2001 was rewarded with the title of Wine of the Year in 2004 by Wine Spectator magazine. A mouth-watering and voluptuous dessert wine it is also an excellent accompaniment to cheeses especially blue Roquefort, Gorgonzola, Cabrales or our very own Irish Cashel Blue.