Spring is upon us, and that means that Easter weekend is not far away. A four day weekend... who isn't looking forward to that? Fingers crossed, the weather remains bright and sunny for us.
To celebrate this year's Easter weekend, we have a Limited Parcel Easter Offer just for you.
What is it...you ask? It's a medium-bodied, expressive left bank Claret from the St-Estèphe appellation that has great early drinking appeal.
And what's the offer?... £5 off per bottle. That means that instead of £28 per bottle*, we are offering this lovely wine at £23 per bottle*. It's an offer you don't want to miss. *mixed 6 price
Now, a little bit more about the wine. A relatively new Chateau in Bordeaux terms, Haut-Beausejour is one of the Saint-Estèphe estates in the stable of Jean Claude Rouzard. He is also the owner of the Champagne house Roederer. 2015 is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot which was fermented in large wooden vats before being aged for around 12 months in French oak barrels, about 35% of which were new. The resulting wine has plenty of ripe, dark fruit flavours, hints of oak, some peppery spice and floral notes and achieves a great balance between ripe fruit, spicy oak and smooth tannins. It signs off with a long silky finish.
When should you drink this wine? This is on tip-top form and will stay that way until the mid-2020s. Perfect with things like lamb, veal and roast chicken.
The producer is Château Haut-Beauséjour. Something of a newcomer to the Saint-Estèphe appellation Château Haut-Beauséjour was created in 1992 when Jean Claude Rouzard, owner of Champagne house Louis Roederer, purchased Château Picard and Château Beauséjour and combined them to make a new estate. Improvements in the winemaking facilities followed and together with a rationalisation of the vineyard area, with some of the less favourable sites being sold off, has led to this Cru Bourgeois estate now being seen as among the most reliable of the appellation. They currently have 20 hectares of vines planted to 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. The terroir is gravel and clay with some limestone. Winemaking is overseen by Nicolas Glumineau who is also responsible for Roederer's other Bordeaux châteaux Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande and Chateau de Pez.
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