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2018 Château Mayne-Vieil, Fronsac, Bordeaux

£14.50 inc. VAT

Has someone been putting something in their tea down in Bordeaux? It may produce wines considered the greatest by many, it’s not usually the first port of call for excellent everyday drinking red. In fact, it wasn’t long ago that one used to quip that ‘good value Bordeaux’ was an oxymoron, well not any more.

Fronsac sits on the ‘Right Bank’ of Bordeaux. Wines from this side of the Gironde estuary are usually Merlot based (whilst the ‘Left Bank’ favours Cabernet Sauvignon) with a little Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon added to the blend. However this particular wine is 100% Merlot and seems all the better for it.

It is sourced from 35 year old vines and fermented in concrete vats. Just 15% is aged in barrel for three years and I think it is this that gives the wine its distinction. A lot of Bordeaux at this price point can sometime ‘overdo’ the oak whereas this offers a lovely purity of fruit rarely found in claret at this price.

Ripe, pure and pronounced, this superb claret wastes no time in laying its cards on the table. The ripeness and vibrancy of the black fruit is tantalising but not overpowering as more complex flavours of roasted coffee and a touch of earthiness. This has the structure and finesse of a wine that has a long life ahead of it and offers exceptional value – not only for Bordeaux but against any competition.

Although this is lovely to tuck in to now, it’s just going to get better so squirrel a couple away if you can.

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