2012 Vieilles Vignes Puisseguin Saint Emilion
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Village||Puisseguin Saint Emilion|
From Pierre Taix (maker of 'La Mauriane', which comes from the steepest slopes of this same property). Deep nose of forest floor and ripe fruit, it is expansive and generous on the palate, without ever tipping into over-extraction, remaining harmonious and natural-tasting, plush, velvety and long. Proper claret and great value. Rating: 88 L&S (Jul 2015)
*Case price: Mix any 12 bottles of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Now run by Pierre Taix, Château Rigaud has been in his family since 1802. It is on a clay-limestone plateau, similar to the best sites in neighbouring Saint Emilion. The vines for the Cuvée Vieilles Vignes are over fifty years old. Everything is done with great respect for the environment - one has the impression of visiting Pierre's garden - and the grapes are all harvested by hand.
Well, OK, not every day but you know what we mean. Every wine rack needs some good honest claret which didn't cost the earth, isn't too grand to drink with pizza or mid-week leftovers, but looks smart enough to be pulled out when high-minded friends pop over, and gives the recycle box an air of sophistication on bin day. Here's a fine selection from all four corners of Bordeaux, including our more than excellent LEA & SANDEMAN Bordeaux.
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