Château Maucamps 2006, Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, Haut Médoc
£23.99

Country : France

Grape Varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Petit Verdot.

For those who love their clarets in the classic style. This is a fine, elegant, mature Bordeaux; currently we are selling 2006 vintage. The wine is structured, with deep blackcurrant and liquorice flavours and undertones of cedarwood. Regular claret drinkers will love this, but if you haven't had red Bordeaux for a while it's a great welcome back!

Tasting Note : Black fruits and toasty oak on the nose. The palate shows maturity and ripeness, with concentrated blackcurrant fruit, very fine, well integrated tannins, silky texture and subtle hints of oak.

Food Pairing :  Classic Sunday roasts; hard cheeses; game; beef en croute.

More info : A predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon-based red, this fine claret shares some of the characteristics of the nearby commune of Margaux. We are probably not allowed to describe it as 'feminine' any more, but it is silkier and more elegant than the more structured wines of Pauillac and Saint Estèphe. Produced from low-yielding hand-picked grapes, the wine is aged for 16 months in French oak barriques (40% new oak) before release. Although it can be enjoyed young, this is a wine at its best between 10 and 20 years old.

Winery : Château Maucamps is an estate of 19 hectares right in the heart of the Haut Médoc, and only a stone's throw from first growth Château Margaux. The 25 year-old vines planted on the classic gravel soil of the Médoc produce grapes with concentration and great flavour. Originally the home of the aristocratic Lalanne family, the estate is now owned and run by the Tessandier family, who have developed a house style that is still traditional, but a bit more supple and approachable than many left bank clarets.