In a nutshell:
Our Bordeaux Snapshot case is a selection of 3 wines which gives a good introduction to the nuances of style from reds made in the different parts of the region.The lowdown:
Bordeaux can justifiably claim to be the worlds premier wine region. And while there are excellent whites and world beating dessert wines from Sauternes its the reds, aka Claret, on which Bordeauxs reputation rests. From humble everyday clarets to some of the most expensive wines in the world there are reds for suit every pocket and in our Snapshot Case weve picked 3 good value examples from across the region.
To start weve picked a good value, honest claret Chateau Buisson-Redon, a straight AoC Bordeaux made from a 60/40 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc which are the mainstay varieties of the Right Bank vineyards from where this comes. Soft and welcoming, part of it is aged in oak which adds a smoothness to its essential soft and plummy character making it a good, versatile everyday drinking wine.
For our second pick, we've stayed on the Right Bank but moved along to Saint Émilion which is known for its Merlot dominated blends. Château Plaisance is owned by the Ducourt family who have a number of other properties throughout Bordeaux and with their expertise are pretty much on top of their game. This is a powerful, well-balanced and fruit-driven Claret. It is on top form right now and has the stamina to remain good drinking through to the mid-2020s.
To complete the picture we finish off in the Médoc on the Left Bank at Chateau Lacombe-Noaillac. The Médoc is the tongue of land, north of Bordeaux, between the Gironde estuary and the sea and here Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominant grape, the character of which is well demonstrated in this wine. It has a characteristic savoury edge that sits along the plump fruit and makes it great with roast and grilled meats.
So thats our Bordeaux Snapshot case, a whistle stop tour around the region.
The case contains:
Chateau Lacombe Noaillac, Medoc 2016
Chateau Buisson-Redon, Bordeaux 2019
Chateau Plaisance, Montagne Saint-Emilion 2016