2016 Côtes de Castillon Château Manoir du Gravoux

Grapes Merlot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Côtes de Castillon
ABV 15%

This is another great effort from Francois Thienpont. It comes eclusively from a 2 Hectare plot that the family rent on a very long-term basis. The vines were planted in 1958 and that old vine intensity is clear. Although this is mostly Merlot - the 8% of Cabernet Franc stands proud. A beguiling nose leads to a gorgeously svelte palate layered with spiced plum - well-baked, dark fruits lifted with cinnamon and cloves - some fresher black cherry flesh adds a perk and gentle brightness.Deliciously sophisticated and really sleek 'right-bank' claret. Yes. 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 Manoir du Gravoux

Philippe and Séverine Emile have been running Manoir de Gravoux since 1997. The Château is a fine 14th century building.

BORDEAUX - second wines

Some of the best value in Bordeaux comes from the "second" wines of the big estates. These are made up of the fruit of younger vines, or barrels that don't quite make the final cuvée, or occasionally seperate dedicated vineyards. They are given the same meticulous care that the "first" wines get, but are ready to drink sooner and, crucially, are that bit less expensive. Treat yourself to a selection of great claret - you know you're worth it!

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