Henry Laithwaite is really on a roll in Bordeaux, especially since Decanter magazine highlighted his Verniotte property as an “estate to watch” in a recent edition. This exclusive red is from Château de Colombe, Henry’s other exciting estate, located in the village of Sainte-Colombe in the heart of Bordeaux’s Castillon region.
Expert and Decanter columnist Oz Clarke writes that Castillon is a “rising star,” whose limestone plateau is the “seamless” extension of storied Saint-Emilion. And, just like the wines from its famous neighbor, Château de Colombe is Merlot dominant, with healthy doses of both Cabs (Franc and Sauvignon) adding structure and finesse while a bit of Malbec adds extra black-fruit richness.
Last vintage, this stunner took home a staggering five gold medals from top international wine shows. This latest release is every bit as classy – hailing from the excellent 2016 vintage and sporting a gold medal from the prestigious China Wine & Spirits Awards.
This is a beautifully balanced wine with generously ripe, dark plum on the nose, plus hints of licorice and spicy oak. The palate is intense with dark fruit and savory complexity. If possible, decant an hour before serving to really let these aromas and flavors shine, then serve with fork-tender pot roast or Henry’s favorite match: a flame-grilled steak topped with sautéed shallots.
Hurry for your share – this is small-production Bordeaux at its best, and won’t be around for long.