A gutsy, indulgent Bordeaux
These two clarets are stunning now, but they'll get even better with age, says Matthew Jukes.
2005 Chteau Tour Baladoz, Grand Cru, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France (£150 for six bottles, or £135 for a double magnum (300cl), Private Cellar, 01353-721999, www.privatecellar.co.uk).
There was a massive response to my recent house claret' review, so I thought that you might be champing at the bit for a few more indulgent red Bordeaux recommendations. This time I have moved up the price ladder a little.
I came across a superb offer from Private Cellar and called in two samples and both are superb. Firstly my featured wine, the delicious, juicy, meaty, silky smooth Tour Baladoz I love this style of red wine, with modern, honed fruit on the one hand and a nod to the old, gutsy style of claret on the other. Take note of the double magnums and place your order now.
The other wine is 2005 Chteau Capbern Gasqueton, Saint-Estphe (£105 for six bottles) from the portfolio of the great Chteau Calon-Sgur. This couldn't be more different, with linear, upright, masterful cabernet taking the place of lush merlot.
Both are 2005s and you will already know that this is regarded as one of the great vintages of the last 30 years, which means that there is no hurry to drink either of these wines because, while they both look stunning now, they will run and run.
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).