Medoc or Saint-Emilion wines

Medoc or Saint-Emilion wines?

We have decided to make this week a bit educational, with an interesting selection across the two most popular areas: Médoc and Saint-Emilion. Are you rather "left bank" or "right bank" when it comes to Bordeaux? But do you know what it really means?
 
Médoc is located on the left bank of the Garonne river. This area is home to the most prestigious Châteaux on the planet such as Lafite Rothschild, Margaux or Latour. Soils are mostly made of gravel, giving good drainage to Cabernet Sauvignon. As a result, blends are dominated by this grape providing tannins, concentration and complex black fruit aromas. Some Merlot is also added for its roundness and fruity aspect. These wines will generally show more structure and age longer.
 
In Saint-Emilion, on the right bank, the Merlot grape has perfect conditions thanks to clay soils. Wines are fruity, smooth and easier to drink young - although top wines will also develop very well in the bottle. Some Cabernet - Sauvignon or Franc - completes the blend for structure and body. 
 
So whether you already know your side or not, it’s time to make your own selection of Médoc and Saint-Emilion in different price ranges - and ideally, taste them together. We have focused on the 2011 vintage when possible: being in the shadow of the great 2009 and 2010, it offers really good quality at a more reasonable price, and is generally ready to drink now.

 

£ 14.80

Château Haut-Bages Libéral is a 5th classified growth in Pauillac with extremely good value. This bottle is a cuvée coming from parcels located in the Haut-Médoc appellation and elaborated in the winery of the Château by the same team. No wonder to see good quality here, with a fruity and expressive red wine. Perfect if you are looking for a classic,...

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£ 17.00

After acquiring Château d'Armens in 1999, the owner Alexandre de Malet Roquefort invested a lot in the vineyard and the winery to increase quality and make the most of the terroir. La Fleur d'Armens is a pleasant wine with aromas of red fruit and light wooden notes, coming from oak barrels. A typical and well-made Saint-Emilion!

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£ 17.50

After 3 centuries in the same family, Château Gressier Grand Poujeaux was acquired in 2003 by the owner of the most famous and recognised name of Moulis, Château Chasse Spleen. The winemaking team of this glorious estate brings their skills and experience to Gressier Grand Poujeaux. As a result, it represents an amazing value in this underestimated...

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£ 19.90

With Figeac and Cheval Blanc as immediate neighbours, Château Croix Figeac benefits from outstanding location and terroir. Given the high proportion of Merlot, it always prefers elegance to power, showing a true Saint-Emilion profile. This 2011 is a strong success with a velvety palate, delicious flavours of ripe blackberry, licorice and a hint of coffee....

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£ 26.00

Château Ormes de Pez (owned and managed by the Cazes family, from the pretigious Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac) produces an opulent, full-bodied and powerful wine. The 2011 exhibits a proper balance between intense flavours of black fruit, spices, spicy tannins and long finish. If you like powerful, tannic and complex Bordeaux wines, this typical...

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£ 27.90

This vineyard was already around during the 16th century, making it one of the oldest in Saint-Emilion. Château Fombrauge was promoted to "Cru Classé" in 2012 - the classification of Saint-Emilion being subject to revisions, unlike in Médoc - reflecting continued efforts on investment and wine quality. The 2011 boasts superb aromas of blackberry, plum and...

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£ 39.50

Château Ferrière is the type of Bordeaux we like: following a period resting on its laurels and letting its reputation under attack, it has made huge efforts in the 90's to restore its former glory. They've done a tremendous job at bringing it back where is belongs, and prices are still very attractive for similar quality in the area. Made from 45...

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£ 59.90

Here is another 3rd classified growth, this time in the Haut-Médoc area - one of the very stars of the appellation. Château La Lagune has one of the most perfect terroirs in the region and makes the absolute most of it. La Lagune is a big wine, showing subtle balance and an astonishing elegance. You will find complex aromas in the glass - dark fruit,...

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£ 65.00

This prestigious Château of Saint-Emilion has managed the impossible in 2006: Being promoted from "Cru Classé" to "Premier Cru Classé". Pavie Macquin traditionally develops concentrated, intense and powerful wines. 2011 is no exception and represents a great achievement for the vintage, showing amazingly complex flavours of black cherry, raspberry, ceddar...

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