In a nutshell:
Have a vinous tour around the worlds premier wine region, Bordeaux, with our 6 bottle Explorers Case.The lowdown:
Bordeaux is home to the worlds leading (and some of the most expensive) red wines and in our Explorers case weve taken a trip around the different parts of the region to pick out a representative selection of the different reds it has to offer.
We start with a modest, but dependably reliable petit château
, Beauregard-Ducourt, which comes from the Entre-Deux-Mers area between the rivers Garonne and Dordogne. Its a subtly herby and softly spiced blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon which very versatile and welcoming.
From here we move north across the Dordogne to Castillon and Château des Desmoiselles which is a ripe and weightier blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon which has been barrel aged for 12 months prior to bottling which give it a layer of silky tannins to give the fruit flavours a good structure.
Next its on to the Médoc on the Left Bank north of Bordeaux and here weve picked the organic le Haut-Médoc de Haut-Bages Libéral. Its an entry level wine from the well-known Château Haut-Bages Libéral and is a great introduction to the spicy cedar and bramble fruits that are a hallmark of the Left Bank.
Going back to the Right Bank we visit Saint-Émilion and Château Boutisse where Merlot reins supreme. This Grand Cru wine is full of red fruits, cinnamon and cloves. Its now nicely mature but also has plenty of ageing potential.
Staying on the Right Bank on the opposite side of the river Gironde to Margaux, down stream of Saint-Émilion, in the heart of the Côtes de Bourg. Chateau Les Graves de Viaud is a biodynamic estate with their 'Terroir' cuveé a refreshing blend of Cabernet Franc with some Cab Sav and Merlot, a superb wine from the excellent 2016 vintage.
For the final wine we go back to the Left Bank and move just south of Bordeaux to the Graves appellation and Vieux Château Gaubert. This wine is now right into the best of its drinking window and has developed a real complexity and savouriness on top of the ripe dark fruits and it's quite a treat.
While theres a definite style to Bordeaux reds the different areas within also give different nuances whether they be wines for drinking young or being allowed to mature and our Explorer's Case aim to give a good look at those variations.
The case contains:
Vieux Chateau Gaubert, Graves 2010
Chateau Les Graves de Viaud 'Terroir', Cotes de Bourg 2016
Chateau Boutisse, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2016
Haut-Medoc de Haut-Bages Liberal 2015
Chateau des Demoiselles, Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2016
Chateau de Beauregard-Ducourt, Bordeaux 2015