A juicy, medium-to-full bodied Bordeaux from a warm and ripe vintage. Mostly Merlot, dash of oak. Drinking well now.
2015 was a terrific vintage, we think, especially for the Merlot-driven wines of Bordeaux’s Right Bank. This is a smooth, quite punchy Bordeaux that’s easy to drink that can be aged a few years, or drink it with pleasure now. €9 a bottle in France.
The back label: ‘This is a classic Bordeaux blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium bodied and partially aged in oak, it’s easy, fruity and supple enough to drink quite young. A French bistro sort of wine.' 13.5% alc.
The 'prestige' house red at Hotel du Vin across the UK.
This is in fact the same wine as the Merlot Cabernet 2015, only we decided on a change of label half way through. The background is that during one of our tastings with Rick Stein, he suggested that they put Chateau Bauduc 'Sauvignon Blanc' on his wine list, rather than 'Bordeaux Blanc'. Sales subsequently increased fourfold, so we decided to change the name on the front label too. We thought we'd follow suit with the red, and change 'Bordeaux Supérieur' to Merlot Cabernet. This hasn't worked so well, we feel, so we're going back to Bordeaux Supérieur on the red label.
We harvested the grapes in lovely condition at the start of October and the result is a smooth and quaffable red that’s easy to drink. This calls out to be drunk with red meats, preferably beef or lamb, or most forms of game.