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Home Winners > Winners 2018 > FRANCE: Bordeaux

Winner Details

FRANCE: Bordeaux

2018 Gold 3        Silver 6                Bronze 6              Commended 9
2017 Gold 7        Silver 8                Bronze 12            Commended 10

After a couple of really good years, Bordeaux’s medal count for this year was back down to the levels of 2015. This wasn’t bad – more a reflection on two stellar years for the region in this competition – but it was a shame nonetheless.

That said, for a small number of medals our tasters ticked a lot of boxes. We had a very well-priced white, and reds from both Left and Right Bank, all we were missing – as so often – was a cheap Bordeaux rouge.

But our tasters no longer see this region as somewhere that can deliver at that price point. If I worked for the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vins de Bordeaux I think I’d be both heartened and worried by that feedback.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘We sell massive amounts of Bordeaux. Our customers are the old English crowd and they love it. They’ll pay a bit more for it, so we usually start looking around the £18 level. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel – they don’t care what bank it is. Though they are a bit interested in what vintage it is.’ James Fryer, Woodhead 17

‘I found the whites quite interesting, the [Château Le Coin] in particular. It’s good to have at least one white Bordeaux on any wine list.’ Mikolaj Harmider, Adam’s Restaurant

‘The Left Bank wines all showed typicity – that savoury, earthy character – but there were some diversity, too, with some more herbal, while others were more ripe. It means you can have two or three on the list.’ Valentin Radosav, Gymkhana

‘I really love Bordeaux and I’m happy when people want to go for it, because you can pick them a good estate and a good vintage. We very rarely get younger guys asking for it though. Medoc is probably more fashionable than the right bank.’ Adam Michocki, Glasshouse

‘It’s important to have white Bordeaux on a wine list. It’s something you can recommend with confidence.’ Andrés Ituarte, Coq d’Argent

‘The AC Bordeaux were not a great flight. A lot of faulty wines. For Bordeaux you need to pay much more for quality.’ Janusz Pawel Sasiadek, Bottles & Battles

Award winners

Found 24 wines

France: Bordeaux

Château Puy Guilhem, Fronsac 2009, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

Identifying a wine that was nothing but solid Gold, Adam Michocki of Glasshouse appreciated this for its ‘developed, farmyardy, leather and forest floor complexity of aromas, nice plums and cassis on a smooth palate with dusty tannins balanced by acidity and alcohol through to a long finish’. ‘Leather, cigar box and tobacco leaf’ notes made Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa’s David McGlinchey think this the perfect accompaniment for lamb.

£20.89 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Château Larose Perganson, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois 2014, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

A well-deserved Gold for this Left Bank Bordeaux, with Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross Kenilworth and Simpsons Edgbaston finding its ‘cherry and chocolate mint notes, soft palate and lovely texture’ appealing, while Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot highlighted ‘blackberry and dark plum with herbaceous notes and underlying oak nuances, with fine tannin structure’. This fine combination of ‘vibrant black fruits, herbs and tannins’ meant this would, according to Coq d’Argent’s Lazaros Engonopoulos, ‘match brilliantly with chateaubriand or côte de boeuf’.

£17.75 Liberty Wines

Direct Wines Production, Château Le Coin, Blanc 2016, Bordeaux, France

Gold medal winner

‘Very refreshing! I’d much rather have this than some nameless house wine,’ said impressed team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, additionally praising this Gold Lister’s ‘lively pink grapefruit and red apple juiciness’. Lime Wood Hotel’s Christopher Parker enjoyed ‘fresh almonds and vanilla notes, with some sweet apricots and ground pepper, too’, while Mikolaj Harmider of Adam’s Restaurant found ‘pineapple, peaches and cream’, and declared it ‘fantastic for oriental or seafood dishes’.

£7.91 Direct Wines Production

Château Larose-Trintaudon, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois 2014, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

‘Blackberry, dark plums, earthy and savoury on the nose, well-integrated tannins with acidity and alcohol balancing the ripeness on the mid-palate,’ said Gymkhana’s Valentin Radosav, while team leader Laurent Richet MS felt it was ‘a wine to last, with scented and perfumed lilac, menthol, chocolate, plum and high acidity’.

£16.65 Liberty Wines

Château Clos St-Emilion Philippe, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2015, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

Making its mark on Sumilier’s Sumita Sarma, this showed ‘red plum, blackberries, softness and velvety tannins, smoky notes and luscious mid-palate dark fruit and spicy character, a bit of earthy, leafy character at the end, but overall full-bodied with smooth flow’.

£21.00 Eurowines

Direct Wines Production, Le Grand Chai, Rouge 2015, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

Team leader Angela Reddin found ‘blackcurrant and redcurrant, silky smooth in the mouth, medium body and a finish punching above its weight’, while Yauatcha City’s Javier Alonso Cardoso highlighted its ‘earthy, leather and meaty aromas, intense flavours and good freshness’.

£9.35 Direct Wines Production

Château de Rouillac, Pessac-Léognan 2012, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross Kenilworth and Simpsons Edgbaston was impressed with the ‘red and black fruit, caramel, eucalyptus aromas, then a long palate of fruit with a complex blend of cardamom, black pepper and clove spice notes at the back’.

£26.38 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Château des Gravières, Collection Prestige, Graves 2015, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

Showing ‘lifted black berries and sandalwood with a sweetness of fruit on the palate and good acidity’ for Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot, with team leader Laurent Richet MS noting ‘plum and blackberry, menthol and spices, vibrantly aromatic and youthful with hints of vanilla and a drying mouthfeel’.

£10.90 Enotria&Coe

Famille Helfrich, Château La Fortune, Margaux, Cru Bourgeois 2015, Bordeaux, France

Silver medal winner

Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia found ‘soft bramble fruit and graphite with sandalwood nuances on the nose, and a silky-smooth, elegant palate’, with Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross Kenilworth and Simpsons Edgbaston noting ‘pencil, leather and cherry spirit notes, a fruity start on the palate followed by toasty cocoa nibs and a touch of green on the finish’.

£19.78 Jean Juviniere

Château des Bardes, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2015, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

One to develop further with age, or decant in advance, said Sumita Sarma of Sumiler, noting ‘ripe cassis, blackberries with bright, crisp acidity and velvety yet dominating tannins, its elegant body showing distinctive Bordeaux appeal, seductive notes of vanilla, cinnamon oak and liquorice notes at the end’.

£15.84 Matthew Clark

Château Mayne Mazerolles, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 2016, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Nigel Lister highlighted a ‘gently oak nose, cassis fruit and cherry in a mid-weight style with vegetal notes on a decent finish’, with Sumilier’s Sumita Sarma adding: ‘Elegant, easy-drinking wine, a bit restrained with some rustic tannins, but equally has good complexity.’

£10.28 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Direct Wines Production, Le C du Chai, Cuvée Noble 2016, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Bright fruit, with some tropical notes,’ began Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte, adding that ‘a hint of bâtonage gives this a bigger body, too’. For team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, this was ‘complex, with subtle but alluring aromatics, and a creamy, refined palate that has a delicate texture’.

£10.07 Direct Wines Production

Château Sainte-Marie, Bordeaux Supérieur 2015, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

A wine of layers and ‘complex value’, said Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason, who found a ‘slightly herbal, earthy nose opening up to sage and thyme with dark chocolate, red cherry and meaty notes on the palate, with high but well-integrated alcohol offset by fresh acidity and a long finish’.

£9.81 Enotria&Coe

Château Castera, Médoc 2014, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

While team leader Laurent Richet MS felt this was ‘delicate in aroma and taste, tight and closed but with all the right tools’, Gymkhana’s Valentin Radosav liked its ‘dark plums, farmyard and forest fruit aromas, pronounced herbs of rosemary, thyme and tarragon and good integration’.

£13.08 Château Castera PRESTOM SARL

Domaines Bouyer, Clos de la Cure, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2013, Bordeaux, France

Bronze medal winner

‘A lot of cassis, black cherry, red and black plum, clove and nutmeg spice with toast, so it’s pretty complex on the palate,’ began Adam Michocki of Glasshouse, adding: ‘Smooth, modern, easy-drinking with nice concentration and intensity.’

£14.88 Boutinot

Recougne, Château Montcabrier, Blanc 2017, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£8.42 Matthew Clark

Château Edmus, St-Emilion Grand Cru 2014, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

Château Preuillac, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois 2015, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

Domaines Laithwaite, Château La Clarière Laithwaite, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2015, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

Direct Wines Production, Château Le Coin, Rouge 2016, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

Château des Gravières, Graves Blanc 2016, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£9.36 Enotria&Coe

Château Bernadotte, Haut-Médoc 2014, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

Famille Helfrich, Château Pontet Nivelle 2016, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£6.91 Addison Wines

Domaines Bouyer, Cuvée Caprice de Château Milon, St-Emilion 2015, Bordeaux, France

Commended medal winner

£10.51 Boutinot

 

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