2015 Cuvée Apanage Côtes de Bourg

Grapes Merlot, Cab Sauv
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Bordeaux
Village Côtes de Bourg
ABV 13.5%

This new find is an absolute humdinger. Brilliant Bordeaux at a very sensible price. From the highest point at the heart of the Côtes de Bourg. This has all the breadth and richness you'd hope for from 2015 - but this deep fruit is so well handled, the good rich, chewy fruit has a super svelte feel. Nicely spiced to after 18 months in barrel the results are superbly harmonious. Beautifully juicy and full of pleasure this is a brilliant Bordeaux. L&S (Mar 2019)

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A superb deep and intense colour, dresses this balanced blend between the Merlot (54%) and the Cabernet Sauvignon. At the first nose, the sixteen months of barrels are felt through a wood brioche-style and grilled, before the aeration reveals aromas of ripe black fruit. The palate is tender, suave and dense, leaning against superb velvety tannins, although still a little fiery in the finish. The future belongs to him. 2 Stars **. Coup de Coeur. Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2019Guide Hachette(Mar 2019)

This wine has an extraordinary perfume with blackberry fruit which is sweet, ripe and juicy and very elevated. The palate is sleek and honed and velvety and then the tannins zoom in and bring tension, length and structure. A classic balance and showing far more extrovert fruit that I would have imagined at this age, this is a very intriguing wine. Drinking range: 2019 - Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes 2018)

Château Puybarbe

Château Puybarbe is located in the heart of the Côtes de Bourg appellation, on the right bank of the Gironde just across the water from Margaux. The name comes from the hill called Puy Barbe, the very highest point of the appellation. The height is one of the estates keys to success, allied to the gravel soils that dominate here allowing perfect conditions for the Merlot to thrive (65% of plantings) and ever more juicy Cabernet Suavignon too (35%). The estate now runs to 35 hectares of vineyards. The Orlandi family have been owners since 1952, and we have just heard that they have passed it on to new owners, a Finnish couple, Riku et Anna Väänänen. So far, so good under the new regime and we hope they continue to maximise the potential of this superb plot of prime Côtes de Bourg.

Everyday CLARET

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.

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