Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière wine
When we tasted wines from the Shepper Family, we loved all of them. We have to say they make outstanding Bordeaux reds at a very decent price, starting with their flagship Margaux: Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière. You will love it if you are keen on elegant, complex and feminine wines. Do not hesitate to also have a go at the Bordeaux Supérieur Château Tayet, whose vineyards lie right next to Margaux. This one is definitely punching well above its weight. On the right bank, the family owns a brilliant Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Château Tour Baladoz, which will be ideal if you are more of a merlot drinker.
These properties have been the ownership of the Shepper Family for the last 3 generations. Their love and passion for wine have ensured consistent investments and an increasing quality, keeping prices at reasonable levels. Their wines belong to the best value names you will find in Bordeaux.
Second wines can sometimes represent a great opportunity, especially in an amazing vintage such as 2010. La Dame de Baladoz 2010 is a lively and vibrant red offering elegant aromas of red fruit and cedar box in the background. Very well made wine with soft tannins, perfect for any amateur of Bordeaux, and Saint Emilion in particular.
As an entry level to the Margaux appellation, the second wine of Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière is an easy-drinking elegant wine. It benefits from all the great care given to the vineyard and though it is elaborated with younger vines, it is still a typical Margaux. Round and feminine with melted tannins, it will please anyone who likes the Margaux style.
Château Tour Baladoz is a lovely and typical Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, property of the Shepper family - also owner of Château Haut Breton Larigaudière in Margaux. The blend is dominated by merlot, making it a round and fruity red with notes of spring flowers and a nice wooden touch. The 2011 vintage has had time to assimilate its 18 months in oak barrels...
This is the flagship wine of the family and it has all the characteristics of a great Margaux. The nose is explosive with a combination of fruits, spices and toast that continues on the palate. The structure is rich and powerful, yet very elegant. It then shows a persistent finish, calling for more. Very well made and ready to drink now, it will also age...