Chateau Roc de Breuil 2016 Côtes de Bourg Bordeaux
85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec
This 7 hectares vineyard contains vines that are on average 42 years old, contributing to enhanced concentration and deeper character in the final wine. The soil is gravelly calcareous clay. A family owned estate has been handed down from mother to daughter for three generations. The vineyard is tended with passionate dedication by Corinne Baudouin, from the pruning to the bottling, perpetuating the family tradition. I am a loyal follower and buyer of Côtes de Bourg because I love the wines from this area which are generally characterful and decent value for money. They tend to be smooth and velvety because of the high proportion of Merlot in the blend, but the small addition of Cabernet and Malbec provide structure and backbone, while adding to the colour and complex character. Rich, elegant, tannins are wrapped in smooth creamy chocolatey extract. The wine is fleshy, silky and plump, hints of gravelly earth together with a refined structure, make for a delicious lingering finish. Without any doubt this is a great vintage which displays all the class typical of its exceptional terroir. A wine to drink now but will cellar happily for a few more years.