Denis Durantou of the famed L’Eglise Clinet needs little introduction and more pleasingly, his quartet of super-affordable right-banks are gaining serious momentum with each and every release. We sampled the full 2014 line-up this week and chose Saintayme as our ‘Wine of the Week’ simply as we normally shy away from 100% Merlot’s however, this was fantastic and demonstrated the sophisticated hallmarks we have come to love with L’Eglise Clinet. The wine is medium-bodied and shows a lovely level of acidity – tannins are ripe and svelte, which adds to the overall charm. Decant for 2-3 hours and enjoy this remarkably elegant Bordeaux over the next 6-8 years.
90-91 Points - James Suckling “A juicy red with blackberry, licorice and leather character. Full and balanced. Wonderful depth.”
91 Points - Tim Atkin MW “Varietal Merlot sourced from clay and gravel soils, this is one of the best value Saint Emilions, made by Denis Durantou. It's got plenty of stuffing and concentration for an inexpensive wine, with aromatic, toasty oak, some orange zest and bright acidity”.
The 2014 Saintayme has a delightful, fresh and lively bouquet with blackberry and that subtle tincture of cold stone. If anything, this has gained vigor since I tasted it from barrel. The palate is fresh on the entry with grainy tannin, slightly savory in style with commendable structure on the finish. Classic Saint Emilion from Denis Durantou that will drink well for longer than most people will allow!
Neal Martin on Mar 31st, 2017
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
For weightier style reds we recommend the Zalto Bordeaux glass, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wines depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhone style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay as well, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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