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Winner Details

FRANCE: Bordeaux


2015: Gold 4 Silver 7 Bronze 5 Commended 8
2014: Gold 1 Silver 14 Bronze 4 Commended 6


It’s tempting to describe this part of the competition as a ‘game of two halves’, but in fact, it was more like watching two different teams play the same game. While the whites and the Left Bank wines passed their fruit around with Gallic insouciance and moments of elegance that had our tasters purring with pleasure, the AC Bordeaux and Right Bank wines were high on effort but sporadic when it came to skill. Clumsy fruit (or no fruit), clunky two-footed tackles (sorry, tannins) and over-optimistic pricing. The result: a comfortable 3-1 win for the Left Bankers.

We’ll leave it up to you to decide which team is England and which is France…


From the Tasting Teams


‘If you are looking for Old World white and intensity, white Bordeaux has got options. It definitely has a niche as a food wine.’ Mya Brown, Vinoteca Marylebone

‘[AC Bordeaux] was the most disappointing flight so far. The wines were soulless, overoaked, no concentration of fruit, no balance, just boring’” Olivier Marie, team leader

‘I didn’t have any “green” comments in my notes at all. They were structure- more than fruit-led, but they did have fruit, and they all said Bordeaux. You’d pick these [Left Bank wines] blind.’ Sam Caporn MW, consultant

‘Bordeaux is an important category and price-point doesn’t seem to be much of a problem. People will easily pay £50-£60 without thinking about it.’ Guillaume Mahaut, The Jugged Hare

‘We didn’t have a high expectation [of the AC Bordeaux flight] – but we kissed an awful lot of frogs and they did not turn into princes.’ Christine Parkinson, Hakkasan Group

‘There were some quite subtle wines here – not something we would have expected. And they’re food wines par excellence when they get them right. Once we got over £12 it really got going.’ Angela Reddin, team leader

‘Our flight of Right Bank wines was Bordeaux at its worst: most undrinkable, not value for money, not wines that are ready for listing. Underwhelming, too many faults and really bad tannin management, pretty much throughout the flight.’ Martin Lam, team leader

‘We really liked the drinkability of [our Right Bank flight]. They were not the most massive wines but there was a lot of freshness and authenticity.’
Richard Bampfield MW, team leader

Award winners

Found 24 wines

France: Bordeaux

Château Tayac, Margaux 2010, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

With bright fruit, good freshness and balanced tannins, the obvious food-friendliness of this Gold shone brightly. ‘A well-crafted, plush wine with pretty spicy oak,’ said consultant Sam Caporn MW, with The Jugged Hare’s Guillaume Mahaut adding: ‘Perfumed nose, fresh and young but concentrated. Velvety, nice mouthfeel.’ 'Really enjoyable. This would be fab with steak or lamb,' said Ram Chhetri of Bread Street Kitchen.

£18.50 Boutinot

Château Penin, Tradition, Bordeaux Supérieur 2011, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

Balance with pleasing freshness – at a very fair price – made this the standout. 'Juicy, rich, ripe fruit with an attractive warmth in the mid-palate and a dash of red savoury fruit,' said Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering, concluding: 'Great value – a versatile food wine.' Big on tannin, with a youthful, cedary character plus notes of black fruit. Team leader Richard Bampfield MW said: 'Mellow, with a good, ripe, clarety nose. Try with delicate Pauillac lamb.'

£8.19 Bibendum

Domaines Lapalu, Château Patache-d'Aux, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur 2010, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

Plums and pencils for this popular wine. 'Good mouthfeel, well structured and well made,' said Ram Chhetri of Bread Street Kitchen, suggesting steak or braised beef as the perfect matches. ‘Some cherry and redcurrant with nice spice notes,’ began consultant Sam Caporn MW, concluding: ‘I like the structure and flavours, very refreshing.’ ‘Fresh and lively, with sweet plum and blueberries, lovely intensity,’ added The Jugged Hare’s Guillaume Mahaut.

£12.54 Thorman Hunt & Co

Château La Lagune, Moulin de la Lagune, Haut-Médoc 2011, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

With an almost Margaux-like elegance, this wine entranced all. 'Fine-scented with really good depth of flavour, this is really good,' said team leader Richard Bampfield MW, suggesting lighter red meats, veal, or even duck. ‘Good cedar and cherry fruit aromas, quite soft on the palate, with peppery notes, nice length and structure,’ said consultant Sam Caporn MW. ‘Deep and dense, with strong oak influence,’ added team leader Angela Reddin.

£20.69 Bibendum

Château Boutisse, St-Emillion Grand Cru 2010, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

'Juicy, lovely rounded wine,' began Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, continuing: 'Soft and delicate plummy, violet fruits with spicy notes. Creamy but oaky, rich and textured.' 'Quite rich, with a nice aftertaste of plum,' added Lukasz Walkowiak of Oxo Tower Restaurant.

£19.96 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Château Lestrille Capmartin, Bordeaux Blanc 2012, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

Team leader Annette Scarfe MW highlighted the ‘delicate use of oak’ in this ‘complex, elegant and sophisticated’ example, while Vittorio Gentile of Theo Randall at The InterContinental Hotel enjoyed its ‘floral, intense and complex palate’.

£10.75 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Château Lestrille Capmartin, Bordeaux Supérieur 2009, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

‘Supple, linear and long,’ began Christine Parkinson of Hakkasan Group, continuing: ‘Black fruit, leafy, floral and gravelly, with gently dry tannins and real Bordeaux character.’ ‘Good structure, medium intensity, with bell pepper, liquorice and cassis notes,’ added Luigi Buonanno of Bianco43.

£10.75 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Château Blaignan, Médoc 2009, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

‘Earthy, deep nose with good ripeness of fruit, blackcurrant character and a dusty, rustic style,’ said Guillaume Mahaut of The Jugged Hare. ‘Bramble and berry fruit with some good concentration and elegance,’ added team leader Angela Reddin.

£12.30 Liberty Wines

Chateau Castera, Marquis de Castera, Médoc 2010, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

‘Nice redcurrant fruit with some earthy, loamy notes, good fruit/acid structure and very nice length,’ began team leader Angela Reddin, with consultant Sam Caporn MW adding: ‘Restrained red fruit, crunchy and lifted, with some gentle spice.’

£9.11 Borough Wines

GCF Exclusif, Clos Beauregard, Pomerol 2012, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

'Beautiful, stylish Bordeaux with lovely oak, soft, delicate and lingering plum crumble-and-cream flavours, spiced and elegant with great texture. Very good,' said Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.

£24.40 Jean Juviniere

André Lurton, Château Bonnet White, Entre-Deux-Mers 2013, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

‘Ripe, tropical fruit sweetness with fresh acidity, quite textured and balanced,’ began team leader Annette Scarfe MW, with consultant sommelier Christophe Richelet noting: ‘Oily mouthfeel, very soft, with lots of peachy notes.’ Perfect with a seafood platter.

£8.99 Enotria&Coe

Château du Seuil, Graves Rouge 2010, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Tobacco and cedar tea chest on the nose, the palate opens with some gorgeous dark berry fruits complemented by sinewy tannins and a classy mineral long finish,’ said impressed team leader Angela Reddin.

£14.99 Matthew Clark

Recougne, Château Montcabrier, Bordeaux Blanc 2014, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Classic style, with bright, citrus freshness with green capsicum notes,’ said Mya Brown of Vinoteca Marylebone, with consultant sommelier Christophe Richelet adding: ‘Fresh-cut grass and elderflower notes with a mineral tang.’

£7.63 Matthew Clark

Domaines Fabre, Château Lamothe-Cissac, Vieilles Vignes, Haut-Médoc 2012, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Quite classic, with tight fruit and spicy notes, and an elegant length and structure,’ said consultant Sam Caporn MW. ‘Earthy, forest floor perfumed notes, with sweet red fruit character and generous tannins,’ added The Jugged Hare’s Guillaume Mahaut.

£19.79 Matthew Clark

Château Mille Roses, Haut-Médoc 2011, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

'A well-structured, serious wine style, showing blackcurrant and plum notes with violet hints,’ said consultant Donald Edwards, with consultant Sam Caporn MW adding: ‘Cherry kirsch notes, big structure and flavour. Unusual, but I like it.’

£18.41 Enotria&Coe

Chateau Mille Roses, Margaux 2011, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Simply delicious,’ declared Guillaume Mahaut of The Jugged Hare, adding: ‘Concentrated plum and violet characters with balance, on a vibrant palate of bright red berries and tight structure.’ ‘Nice supple structure and cherry bomb finish,’ added consultant Sam Caporn MW.

£23.04 Enotria&Coe

Domaines Bouyer, Clos de la Cure, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2010, Bordeaux , France

Commended medal winner

£13.60 Boutinot

Château du Seuil, Graves Blanc 2012, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£14.36 Matthew Clark

Domaines Fabre, Château Lamothe-Cissac, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois 2009, Bordeaux , France

Commended medal winner

£13.02 Matthew Clark

GCF Exclusif, Château Sergant, Lalande de Pomerol 2011, Bordeaux , France

Commended medal winner

Château Lugagnac, Bordeaux Supérieur 2010, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£10.00 Bibendum

Chateau Lamothe-Vincent 2012, Bordeaux , France

Commended medal winner

£7.94 Bibendum

Antoine Moueix, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2012, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£12.00 Molson Coors

Château de Blissa, Côtes de Bourg 2011, Bordeaux , France

Commended medal winner

£6.25 Boutinot

 

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