After a week or two without much activity, it’s all go on the Place this morning. We have three great value wines from Nicolas Thienpont, Olivier Castéja and Nicolas & Christophe de Bailliencourt.
Château Puygueraud [pea-ger-oh] is a super little Côtes de Francs from the man who makes Larcis Ducasse, Pavie Macquin and Beauséjour Duffau Lagarrosse, Nicolas Thienpont. Ignore the humble appellation; this is a really juicy, modern wine brimming with polished fruit. It will be a joy to drink in a few years’ time.
Over in Sauternes, or Barsac to be more precise, Olivier Castéja has released Doisy Vedrines. This has been our pick of the sweeties in the last few campaigns, and there’s no change in 2015. Olivier seems to produce wines with such vitality. Some Sauternes appeared a little lazy and dull, but Doisy Vedrines marries rich botrytis with freshness and tension. As always, if you are only going to buy one sweet wine, make it Doisy Vedrines.
Nicolas and Christophe de Bailliencourt are the fifth generation to own and farm Chateau Gazin. The vineyards neighbour those of Petrus and run down toward Lalande de Pomerol. We have been really impressed by the quality of the wines in recent years. There’s no rusticity anymore, these wines are full of noble Pomerol aromas, beautifully precise fruit and sumptuous tannins. We very much doubt you will find a finer Pomerol at under £500.