NOTE Mauvesin-Barton is sold En-Primeur. Stock due to arrive mid-late 2019. See the En-Primeur here.
Mauvesin-Barton is part of the famous Barron family in Bordeaux. While I love Langoa Barton I’ll buy some of this estate to drink sooner.
One of the six appellations within the Haut-Medoc, the vineyards here have managed to raise their reputation above most of the Haut-Medoc by making outstanding wines at a great price. Cabernet heavy wines or structure and mid-term aging.
The noble variety of Bordeaux’s left bank. Firm tannins, a streak of acidity and punctuated by flavours of cassis, violets, spice and leather. The best examples can age for the long term. Although Cabernet does often require blending with Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Shiraz to fix the hole it has in its middle palate.
It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.
A vintage of two extremes which counteracted each other and we ended up with one of the best vintages we’ve seen in a while.