2016 Cuvée Apanage Côtes de Bourg
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Sauv|
|Village||Côtes de Bourg|
2016 is another great vintage of this absolute gem. Brilliant Bordeaux at a very sensible price. From the highest point at the heart of the Côtes de Bourg. There is breadth and richness here. Spice too and the 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 juicy, hedonistic claret. L&S (Mar 2020)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
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.
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