This Christmas, we have prepared three 90+ finest red wines from the most prestigious sub-regions in Bordeaux, including Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Julien and Castillon (which is just next to Saint-Émilion). You can also enjoy a huge 38% off!
This Christmas, we have prepared three 90+ finest red wines from the most prestigious sub-regions in Bordeaux, including Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Julien and Castillon (which is just next to Saint-Émilion). You can also enjoy a huge 38% off! Ready to immerse yourself in the tantalizing flavours of Bordeaux reds?
An impressive, James Suckling 93-point Cru Bourgeois from the exceptional Saint-Estèphe. Only now is it beginning to open up to reveal its lavish layers of black fruit, truffle, spice box and cedar over polished tannins. An exceptional claret.
Critics praise the wine of every vintage from this Saint-Estèphe estate, which punches well above its Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel status. Wine Advocate said of the 2014, “This comes highly recommended plus great value.” In 2020, they committed to organic conversion. The property dates back to 1654, when it was known as La Doys. Christian and Lilian Thieblot made major renovations from 1989, then sold to Jacky Lorenzetti, a top French rugby club owner, who has accelerated the improvements. His efforts were rewarded with the ‘Coupe des Crus Bourgeois’ in 2015. They favour a large proportion of Merlot in the wine, which lends it a plump character, supported by the Cabernets and a little Petit Verdot, all aged in new oak. Open early and decant.
For a well-priced Saint-Julien, look to Château du Glana. Omitted in the famous 1855 classification, its fine wines present excellent value. 2014 was a late-ripening vintage, but also offers a fascinating hint of red fruits and spices. Robert Parker rates it with 90 points and it has earned 91 points from Wine Enthusiast too.
Château du Glana is a well-placed Saint-Julien estate, sitting pretty between the villages of Beychevelle and Saint-Julien, opposite to the second growth Ducru-Beaucaillou. It has a long history dating back to 1870. The Meffre family acquired it in the 1960s, carrying out extensive renovations first in 1968 and in the early noughties (year 2000-2009). It started with just 5 hectares, but today, with acquisitions over the decades, it has an extensive 59 hectares, with ideal gravelly soils, nearly all of it a continuous, single plot. Consultant in this 2014 was the late, renowned Denis Dubourdieu, who insisted on an elegant, expressive style, vinified in cement vats and aged just 40% in new oak. It is drinking very well now and will also be well over the next decade.
A winery with four trophies and more than 80 gold medals, Château La Clarière proves that Castillon is more than capable of beating Saint-Émilion. 2020 is a great vintage, with a velvety texture, no wonder it has already got six gold medals, a Grand Gold, a Double Gold, and 2 times 90pts u