Château Beau Rivage & Clos la Boheme
Two lovely reds from neighbouring Bordeaux estates. Beau Rivage is a rare Médoc Bordeaux Supérieur and if its vineyards were a kilometre or two closer to Margaux it would sport a much higher price tag. Clos la Bohème is a ‘Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc’ which demonstrates the quality offered by Médoc’s second tier.
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Haut Médoc Cru Bourgeois, La Bohème
This small family-owned producer loves to keep things in-house. Owner Christine Nadalié comes from a family of coopers (her family firm nearby is one of the largest barrel producers in the world) and the oak barrels produced to age the wine are made at the property. The wine comes from fruit gown from the 8 hectare estate and it’s classic Bordeaux. Nuances of tasty dark fruit – plum, blackcurrant and cherry – are accented by a lovely spicy vein, so cloves, menthol and liquorice. Smooth and delicious now but it’ll keep happily for a few years yet.
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