2015 vintage. Not easy to find the right information on this lovely estate, on their website there is no mention of a white wine at all. On the internet you will find a white and red "Sainte-Radegonde". I have no idea if this "Les Pins Francs" is another wine or the same under another label, but confusion aside it is absolutely delicious. Sauvignon shines through in the nose with grassy flavours mixed with lime, flowers and a more exotic fruit component I associate with Sémillon. In the mouth concentrated peach fruit and lemon confit, perfectly balanced by the acidity and a long fresh minty finish. Terrific value too at about 17 euro. Kudos to owner Pascal Collotte! — 3 days ago
2018 vintage. This is apparently pure Merlot, a collaboration between Daniel and Nicolas Roux (Château Coulonge) and Olivier Techer (of Gombaude Guillot fame). Organic grapes and no added sulfites. This is a great example of a so-called, "natural wine" without the technical flaws of so many wines in that category. Lots of juicy cherry fruit, clean and fresh with some spiciness and a nice tannic bite. This is not about complexity, but a delicious no-nonsense versatile wine that can be enjoyed on its own or with different kinds of food. Works well even served a bit cold. Abv. 13,5 %. — 16 days ago
As others have noted, a world away from modern Bordeaux. High toned, as much red fruit driven as black, minimal (no?) wood or extraction. Accessible with a bit of air and continued to evolve over the next day. Raspberry, plum skin, black currant, tobacco leaf, old leather and earth. Tastes like a decent proportion of cab franc. Autumnal, austere, but not unwelcoming. Feels like something to sip on a quiet night in a wood paneled study by a fireplace. — 3 days ago
This is a nice surprise for #MerlotThursday.
Pretty color of dark ruby with a wide brick rim.
On the nose, red currants, plums, blueberries, cherries, vanilla, black tea, tobacco leaf, light vegetables, cedar, licorice, mint, spices, vinaigrette, earth and black pepper. Really lovely nose.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.
Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, dark chocolates, espresso, black tea and peppercorn.
Medium finish with medium plus tannins and pomegranates.
This 8 year old is still drinking nicely, although past its peak. Showing nice complexity, especially on the nose. Tangy and very easy to drink, with a nice mouthfeel.
Good right out of the bottle and better after 90 minutes of airtime.
Wine Enthusiasts 89 points.
Thank you David and Elvira for sharing.
I paired it with a big piece of steak and grilled asparagus.
A blend of 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.
13% alcohol by volume.
$15. — 9 days ago
Pale yellow gold in the glass. Grapefruit leaps from the glass to the nose, followed by shades of lemongrass. Palate is light in body and echoes the nose with firm acidity and a medium dark anise and mineral finish that moves forward as it opens up. Sauvignon Gris leads this Sauvignon blend with the Blanc playing backup giving it a more Sud-Ouest than Bordeaux Blanc feel. Fans of the brighter yet darker style will really enjoy. And all will enjoy with seafood or rich casseroles or cream sauces. Drink now through 2022. — 16 days ago
Decanted for 1.5hrs. To be upfront at first the wine was a bit uninspiring for the price paid ($40 Canadian). However by the 2 hour - 2.5hr mark the wine opened up really nicely. At first the flavours were a bit muted. Overtime, dark and red cherries, hints of cassis followed medium earthy and mild vegetable notes. Silky smooth finish. The tannins were a bit tight at the beginning but really did open well yet still provided structure and balance. Quite enjoyed this, just took some time. Expect it to only improve over the next 3-5 years. — 9 days ago
2016 vintage. The label may indicate humbly "Bordeaux Supérieur", but this estate makes absolutely amazing wines. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, biodynamically farmed. Beautiful nose with ripe black fruit (cherries, blackberries) and violets. Concentrated fruit and subtle spices, combined with polished tannin, and very good depth and length, this could be easily mistaken for a much more expensive Saint Emilion in a blind tasting. Stunning value at 17,90 euro. — 12 days ago
Pleasantly surprised by this one. Young but approachable. I believe this will really shine in about 5 years when it becomes more integrated. Intense nose. Powerful big body. Oak along with blue and black fruit. Somewhat grippy tannins bringing it all together. Nice Bordeaux, Shake Shack, and Tour de France, it’s a good night. — a day ago
I don’t drink a lot of Bordeaux, mainly because it doesn’t go with a lot of the Italian-ish stuff I cook, but I do enjoy a nice one when the food is conducive to it. This has lovely, composed, slightly plummy cassis fruit, and warm gravelly scents, along with a waft of sweet smoke. Great balance in the mouth (only 13%) with nice acids and super-soft tannins. — 6 days ago