Professor Denis Dubourdieu's home estate has produced yet another outstanding effort. A humble Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux, this wine shows a class and refinement well above its humble appellation. Lots of wood notes and ambition. The palate is packed with sweet dark fruits, crème de mûre, mulberry and spice. There is real lift and concentration; long and serious; this should be excellent in years to come.
Denis Dubourdieu’s home estate in the Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux is capable of producing really good value wine. We have followed the 2005, 2009 and 2010 vintages, which have all been excellent, however, we haven’t seen the consistency in the so called ‘off vintages’ to make this one of our core offerings.
The Premier Cote is a long strip of land that runs south from Bordeaux town towards Cadillac. There is a varied terroir, including clay, limestone and gravel, so it is difficult to make generalisations about the wines. Indeed, although dominated by red varietals, there is still a considerable amount of Bordeaux Blanc and dessert wine produced. There are an ever increasing number of quality conscious estates springing up in this region, including the exceptional Chateau Reynon, made by the renowned oenologist Denis Dubourdieu.