On the banks of the Dordogne (in the heart of Bordeaux) lies Le Chai au Quai. It was here that Tony Laithwaite first fell in love with wine, washing bottles as a student in 1965. Recently restored by Tony and his team, this historic 19th-century cellar is now a workshop for talented young winemakers to craft tiny-production specials like this sumptuous, Cabernet-rich Médoc from Bordeaux’s magnificent 2009 vintage.
The 2009 was released to great acclaim, wowing Experts’ Choice Judge (and International Wine Challenge Chairman) Charles Metcalfe with its “ripe, soft, sweet fruit.” Master of Wine and leading Bordeaux authority Jancis Robinson had this to say:
"Firm, dense and correct with quite a deep blackish ruby. Very firm and true. No hurry to drink… Real zest and density. Very good value.”