Chateau Parenchere, Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge
£12.99

Country : France

Grape Varieties : Merlot; Cabernet Sauvignon; Cabernet Franc; Malbec

Modern-style Bordeaux, with great blackcurranty fruit flavours, velvety texture and spicy finish. Some less expensive clarets can be disappointingly thin and acidic. Not this! Wines like this are bringing traditional Bordeaux into the 21st Century.

Tasting Note : Warm blackcurrant and plum fruit on the nose. The palate shows good concentration and balance, with nice texture, concentrated black and red fruits, and a supple finish.

Food Pairing : Roast beef; traditional steak pie; lamb chops; mushroom risotto.

More info : This wine is a blend of almost 50/50 Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with a little Cabernet Franc and a sprinkling of Malbec (only 1%). The Merlot brings a supple ripeness, whilst the Cabernet supplies structure and concentration. Modern winemaking techniques ensure that good colour and fruit are extracted without too much tannin, so the wine can be drunk young, although it will age for up to 6 years. Chateau Parenchere really is is a cut above most Bordeaux Superieurs. Great for those who love claret, but also a fantastic introduction if you have never tried it before.

Winery : The Parenchere estate was purchased by Raphael Gazaniol in 1958, and it is his son, Jean, who runs the estate today. There is great attention to detail to ensure that the best quality wines possible are produced. The vines planted at high density, and bud thinning and green pruning (removal of some bunches before ripening) are practised to ensure maximum concentration in the grapes. Grapes from each of the 32 plots are vinified separately to retain their individual character, and the wines then carefully selected and blended to reflect the house style.