Bordeaux 2011: du Tertre, Pibran & Fonplégade

After the quiet of the pre-Parker week and the French public holiday, we’re finally out of the starting blocks this morning with three releases that we are pleased to be able to offer in this vintage.Bordeaux 2011: Chateau du Tertre, Chateau Pibran, Chateau Fonplégade

Château Pibran was a property that we heard praised by many of the wine professionals who were tasting at the same time as us in April and we utterly agree; attractive and compelling, this is a great Pauillac and tremendous value.

2011 Château Pibran, Cru Bourgeois Pauillac
£198 per case of 12 bottles in bond
One of the rather pleasant surprises of this vintage. Tasted at Pichon-Longueville, this showed incredibly well. Made of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is immediately open and fragrant on the nose, with notes of white flowers alongside cassis and plum. On the palate, this seems effortlessly balanced: a core of ripe attractive fruit hemmed in by very fine tannins and a zip of acidity. Incredibly charming, it won us all over.
Drinking: 2015-2023

Château du Tertre was one of the properties that stood out at a quite challenging Margaux tasting. The key to its success was the way in which they have managed the tannins, giving it structure but retaining a lovely purity.

2011 Château du Tertre, Cru Classé Margaux
£228 per case of 12 bottles in bond
According to the Château, 2011 marks ‘a return to a more classic style of wine’, with a ‘tannic and fresh profile’. Certainly it was one of the properties that showed well at the Margaux tasting, with a delightfully fruity nose, leading to a serious and well balanced wine.
Drinking: 2016-2028

We have not purchased Château Fonplégade in the past, but in this highly successful right bank vintage, it is irresistible. Crowd pleasing, opulent and yet incredibly balanced, this is a very classy St-Emilion.

2011 Château Fonplégade, Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion
£240 per case of 12 bottles in bond
“Since this estate was acquired by the Adams family of America, who hired consulting oenologist Michel Rolland, the quality has soared. The 2011 Fonplegade is another tour de force. It boasts an inky/blue/purple color in addition to copious notes of charcoal, camphor, blackberries, blueberries and spring flowers. Opulent, fleshy, deep and impressively built, it will be drinkable in 3-4 years or can be cellared for two decades or more. Kudos to Fonplégade!” Robert Parker, 92-94 points
Drinking: 2015-2028

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