“2015 is a fantastic year, producing rich and opulent reds ... the wines have a lot of ‘wow’ factor.”– James Suckling
And this classic red more than delivers on that promise.
Our well-connected Bordeaux contact, Jean-Marc Sauboua, uncovered this beauty on the right bank of the Gironde, just opposite the Médoc in Blaye (an exciting area boasting “undeniable quality and value,” says Robert Parker). It’s from the estate of Odile and Thierry Bazin, Château Terre-Blanque, and talented winemaker Jacques Chardat (aka Odile’s twin brother), who has a history of impressing top critics.
The estate takes its name from the locality’s distinctive, chalky-white soil, which Jacques credits with imparting a certain mineral-charged finesse to the wines. Using carefully harvested Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) with very subtle oak aging, Jacques achieved an impressive red that went on to receive two top gold medals (so far) from Gilbert & Gaillard and Challenge International du Vin Blaye-Bourg.
Aromas of earthy spice and black currants introduce a velvety palate with more black fruit notes (plums, blackberries) and hints of subtle toast – this was made for enjoying with food, from simple beef stew to fine rib roast.