It might not come with a fancy name, from a smart appelation or snazzy label designed by the artist of the moment, but it's honest, and down right delicious. This wine is proof that there's still great value, and great quality wines to be had from Bordeaux. Plums, sweet berries and a little cassis, almost summer pudding like, with gentle cedar-y notes and a little cinnamon bark. There's something a little familiar and comforting in this wine, with its lightly spiced, blackberry loaded palate, fine, powdery tannins and graceful structure. It's the sort of bottle you pull from the rack that's sure to cheer you up after you've walked home from the office and been caught in a downpour.
To find good value Bordeaux it's almost inevitable you'll have to look beyond the famous regions. The Cotes du Bourg is on Bordeaux' right bank - opposite Margaux - and up from Fronsac, St Emilion and Pomerol. The best vineyards are situated on clay and limestone soils, which is exactly where this estate's sites sit. They don't shout all too loudly about their wines, as they're a fairly small, modest operation, with just few a hectares under vine. Perfect for us here at Swig! We were so impressed with the first vintage we tasted, the 2016, and it was rather encouraging when a Bordelais friend of Robin's discovered we were importing them and commented "ah, good choice, they're a bit of a hidden gem."