Spectator Wine Club - Bordeaux and Beyond

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Jonathan Ray's Spectator Cracking Bordeaux and Beyond Mixed Case. See Johnny's tasting notes of the wines below:

The 2018 Pézat Blanc is an 80 per cent Sauvignon Blanc and 20 per cent Muscadelle blend from the vineyards which surround Jonathan Maltus’s cult Le Nardian project in Bordeaux. Harvested at night to preserve its freshness, the wine is lemony, lively and zesty and, with its long dry finish, makes a fine and blessedly uncomplicated aperitif when served well-chilled.

The 2015 Cuvée Constance Rouge, Thunevin-Calvet is a hearty Côtes du Roussillon Villages and right up my street. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, it received a 91 point score from Wine Advocate and is rich, concentrated, dark, spicy and intense with fine acidity and a tongue-coatingly long, savoury finish. If barbecues are your thing, this is what to drink alongside.

The 2019 Domaine de L’Ostal Blanc is produced by the Cazes family (you know, the owners of Ch. Lynch-Bages) from their estate in the Languedoc. Created from 100 per cent Viognier from the coolest of their vineyards, it spends time on its lees for added depth and complexity. Although full of typical peach ’n’ apricot notes, it’s bone dry on the finish and deeply refreshing.

The 2019 La Belle Etoile ‘Décadence’ Merlot is an easy-going quaffing red from the Languedoc. With plenty of bramble fruit jam on the nose, lots of forward, juicy fruit in the mouth and just a touch of tannin, it slips down easily and is really rather jolly.

The 2019 Pézat Rosé, is produced in the Var commune of Flassans-sur-Issole, the name derived from the Latin flatus sanus meaning clean air, and I’ll leave the inevitable and multiple jokes to you, thank you very much. A typical blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault, it’s full of wild strawberries and cherries and, backed by a sophisticated dry finish, has more character than its palest of pink hues would suggest.

The 2016 Lacroix is so-named thanks to the stone cross that stands at the entrance to Jonathan Maltus’s celebrated St Emilion estate, Ch Teyssier. A Bordeaux Supérieur blend of Merlot, Cab Sauv and Cab Franc, it’s full of ripe, plummy fruit with a touch of cedar and spice and is what JM (unique, I’m sure, in boasting both an OBE and a perfect 100-point score from Uncle Bob Parker) drinks at home.

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