2016 Chateau Tire Pe Bordeaux La Cote

Bordeaux, France

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


Yum. Good, different.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About the Wine

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.

About Chateau Tire Pe

Helene and David Barrault started their small Chateau on the banks of the Gironde in 1997, in 2008 they started working organically and in 2014 they received certification. It’s important to note that whilst increasingly we see organics becoming the norm, this is not yet the case in Bordeaux.

The family farm Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, along with some small pockets of local varieties and with these vines they craft a collection of lo-fi reds made with minimal additions and a natural mindset.

Chateau Tire Pe make 'jack in a box' wines. They leap from the glass, take you by surprise and leave you wanting to do it all again. Thankfully they are exceptional value so you can afford to.

The Barrault family horsing around the vineyards!
The Barrault family horsing around the vineyards!
Bordeaux, France
Additional Info

From the Importer

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.

Blend : Cabernet Franc (60%), Merlot (40%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

Owner and winemaker, David Barrault
Owner and winemaker, David Barrault
Chateau Tire Pe, Bordeaux
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"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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