A brilliant entry level Bordeaux from the Lafite side of the Rothschild family. Classically elegant and refined expression of Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Dark fruits, dry leaves, hints of oak, violets and red currant. So clean and refreshing it is hard to not go for a second glass.
Bordeaux – Situated near the Atlantic coast of France and is shaped by the Gironde, Dordogne and Garonne rivers. Cool conditions and frequent rainfall, including during harvest time, makes Bordeaux quite a marginal region with vintages frequently ruined by rain or saved from the rain at the last minute by timely sunshine.
Merlot – 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.
Cabernet Sauvignon – 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.
2012 – A solid year with no big surprises. Great value and very welcome after the 2011 vintage.