2016 Chateau Tire Pe Bordeaux La Cote

Structure meets approachability in this excellent Cab Franc/Merlot blend from Bordeaux

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With juicy flavours of blackcurrant, blackberries and spice, years in bottle have shaped the Chateau Tire Pe Bordeaux La Cote into something lovely. Fruit for the wine comes from the wider Bordeaux region, showing wonderful ripeness, and reflecting the excellent conditions. After harvesting, the grapes macerated for 3-4 weeks, extracting much tannin, colour and flavour, before fermentation began in tank and then ageing in oak vats.

For the best experience, decant the wine several hours before drinking, and watch the aromas and flavours unfold. Like with many Bordeaux, this will be a great accompaniment to steak or any other red-meat dishes.

Aromatics: Perfectly ripe blackcurrants, blackberries and oak spices.

Palate: Structured yet approchable Bordeaux, with juicy tannins and delicious black fruit concentration. Great depth of texture and length.

About the wine: Produced from 35 years old vines, that are then hand harvested and destemmed. In the winery, cool maceration for 3-4 weeks before vinification in tanks and then ageing in 300 and 400 litre old oak barrels for 12 to 14 months. Before bottling the wine stays 4-5 months in concrete tanks. No systematic filtration and only a small amount of added sulphur.

94 Points - "Cabernet Franc (60%), Merlot (40%) from 35 year old vines. Natty style, and very good. There’s a heap of very ordinary wines from Bordeaux at this price. This is not one of them.

Earthy, sweet herb and dried flower perfume, blackberry and liquorice. Medium-bodied, fleshy Turkish coffee tannin, juicy and yet savoury, so nicely balanced and at ease with itself, black olive ‘mineral’ stuff and a long fresh but savoury finish. Yum. Good, different. As they say in the ads." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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