This remains one of our biggest selling wines, even at €20 a bottle, for the simple reason of its price/quality ratio. An 9 year old Bordeaux that was made to age and improve, at this price! Served blind it could easily be mistaken for a €40 - €50 bottle. One of the reasons it's underpriced is that it comes from the region of St. George - St. Emilion, a small parcel of land bordering St Emilion itself, and technically a lesser wine. But for the sake of a couple of hundred yards I'll gladly save €20, and enjoy the benefits of a wine maker really at the top of his game.
Bought by Etienne Gregoire in 1998, who had spent time training in South Africa, before he brought radical change to this small estate with its 30 year old vines. Grape varieties are as St. Emilion, and he usually blends Merlot 60%, and an equal proportion of Cabernet Sauv, Cab Franc and Malbec. The wine gets 12 months in oak and extended bottle age before release. Featured in The Best of Wine in Ireland - "fleshy, dusky aromas of dark cherries and plums. Rich, velvety palate of blackberries and damsons, rounded tannins and subtle oak. Long, succulent finish."
Food Match: lamb, beef, strong cheeses,