2019 Cuvée Pirouette Côtes de Blaye

Grapes Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Other Vegan, Certified Organic, Practising Organic, Low-sulphite
Sub-district Blaye & Bourg
Village Côtes de Blaye
ABV 13.5%

This is pretty - with lovely lifted aromatics and a pure feel to the red berry fruit and pillow of pert plum flesh. Spiced well too with notes of five spice and cedar box that add further layers to this well priced gem from Bordeaux. L&S (Oct 2021)

*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 Les Vieux Moulins

Bordeaux as a region may have been slowish to jump on the organic train – but there is more and more sustainable farming going on now, and organics is really on the march across the area’s vineyards. Chateau Les Vieux Moulins is a great example of what is possible here with thoughtful farming and organic practices.

Having got his parents on the organic path back in 2010 Damien Lorteau (pictured above) then headed off travelling the world to make wines in as many places as possible before returning to the family estate in 2013 when he officially took the reins.
His experiences in Spain, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the US informed his view - that often 'less is more'. Work since has been as low-intervention as possible, fermentations with native yeasts, no sulphur during vinification; minimal amounts at bottling - and the results are superb.

The Cuvée Pirouette is a refreshing, modern style - but not in the fruit bomb mould with too much oak - this is genteel and sophisticated, an ideal winter claret.

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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