A Legend in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Vivian Liang | June 16, 2021

The Bordeaux 2020 En Primeur campaign has kicked off and while our buying team is busy analyzing releases, I wanted to highlight some Bordeaux with maturity for you to enjoy whilst sifting through the upcoming releases! I will present some of our exciting new arrivals, all with enough bottle age to pop the cork and enjoy. Starting from the North, today we will focus on Saint-Estèphe and Pauillac.
Wines from Saint-Estèphe tend to be rich and with a tannic edge. They age well as the tannic structure mellows down with time, and the wines evolve into something magnificent, showing incredible balance and complexity. Cos d’Estournel and Montrose are widely considered to be two of the leading producers of the appellation and I am delighted to recommend some outstanding vintages.
Cos d’Estournel 2005: cherry, violet, chocolate, and full-bodied.
Cos d’Estournel 2009: blackcurrant, spices, rich, and ripe tannins.
Cos d’Estournel 2010: blackberry, hints of plum, dried herbs, and stunning intensity. 
Montrose 2005: red berry, floral, robust, and powerful.
Montrose 2010: blackcurrant, cedar, dense, and concentrated.
The iconic region of Pauillac is home to some of the very best red Bordeaux. The appellation deserves its fame and glory thanks to its great terroir and all the star producers that jointly built  its reputation, including three of the First Growths. I recommend this selection of wines for their great value and quality.
Armailhac 2009: a mix of red and black fruits, medium body, and silky tannins.
Grand Puy Lacoste 2010: blackberry, dried herbs, and structured.
Lafite Rothschild 2006: explosive red fruits, rose petals, fine tannins, and a lingering finish.
Lynch Bages 2005: black cherry, forest floor, ripe tannins, and full of energy.
Lynch Bages 2010: blackcurrant, white flowers, vibrant, and precise.
Pichon Lalande 2010: cassis, cedar, full-bodied, and velvety tannins.