Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Alc. 14.5 %
We don't all have the space or patience to cellar wines until they reach their ideal drinking window, so when we're able to get our hands on a perfectly-aged Bordeaux, we jump at the chance! Such was the case when we were offered this 2010 Cru Bourgeois from Château Vieux Robin in the Medoc, on Bordeaux's famed left bank. It's made from a blend of all five Bordeaux grape varieties (with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot as the stars) grown on the estate's 20-hectares of sustainably-farmed vineyards. The winery has been owned by the same family since 1840, and is currently helmed by the 5th generation Maryse Roba and her husband Didier, along with their son Olivier. With a focus on harvesting fruit at the optimal time for each grape variety and distinct plot, the family creates classically-structured reds that can age for decades.
Decant this bold red for an hour or two before enjoying, and serve at about 18 C. Drink now or cellar for up to 5 more years.
Classic Bordeaux aromatics are the hallmark of this red, with plenty of black plum, currant and raspberry, along with more savoury notes of dried herbs (think sage), smoke, dusty earth and fresh pepper. Exposure to air will allow all these wonderfully subtle nuances to shine, so we'd recommend about an hour or so in a decanter.
Intense flavours of red and black fruit on the palate, with dusty, developed tannins and a balancing acidity. Surprisingly dense and youthful on the palate, with a long, lingering finish with echoes of mixed-berry compote, pipe tobacco and savoury herbs. This is in the prime of its drinking window, and will continue to age beautifully for several years.
Opt for rich, earthy flavours to let the wine's complexity shine: potato dauphinois, butter-poached mushrooms or beef tenderloin would be ideal.