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NickDagleyXmas20102007 wasn’t an easy year in Bordeaux, with a tough growing season only saved by a warm, dry September. Then on release, the châteaux priced the wines too highly, making them difficult to sell initially and leaving plenty of stock available now. The result? The best-value Bordeaux vintage on the market today.  Majestic Wine Buyer, Nick Dagley reveals more…

The best wines are supple and fruity and, despite their relative immaturity, ready to drink at all levels. They have a similar profile to the 1997 vintage, with which Majestic has had a great deal of success – and we expect further bargains to emerge on 2007s in the coming years. Right now though, we’re able to spread a little winter cheer with very reasonable price tags on wines from some of Bordeaux’s most celebrated appellations.

Château Fourcas-Dumont 2007, Listrac-Médoc
£12.99 or £9.99* when you buy 2 bottles
We snapped up this parcel from one of the finest properties in Listrac, sited between Margaux and Pauillac, at substantially below its en primeur release price. It’s a superb value wine – all crushed blackberries and graphite, with a long savoury finish.

Château Tour Saint-Christophe 2007, St-Emilion Grand Cru
£12.99 or £9.99* when you buy 2 bottles
To be able to offer Grand Cru St-Emilion at under £10 is quite something. This one is full of black cherry, spice and the fresh, rich texture that new oak brings. There won’t be much left come January!

Château De Sales 2007, Pomerol
£19.99 or £14.99* when you buy 2 bottles
We’ve sold various vintages of this popular Pomerol Château in recent years, but never at this price. With raspberries, grilled herb characters and a mineral seam, drink with red meat over the next 4-6 years.

 

Ségla 2007, Margaux
£22.00 £19.99* Special Offer!
This is the second wine of Chanel-owned Margaux second growth Rauzan-Ségla. It’s a suitably sleek demonstration of what great vineyards and careful selection can produce in ‘lesser’ vintages.

A parcel from France: A gift from America

Image of festive bowl of nuts accompanied by BordeauxThe global downturn has hit sales of expensive French wine in the USA extremely hard. For some time now we’ve been hearing rumours of large companies with big parcels of Bordeaux that they can no longer sell domestically and need to liquidate. Fortunately for you, those rumours turned out to be true and we’ve acquired just such a parcel – wines of impeccable provenance at outstanding prices.

Château De Sales 2006, Pomerol
£19.99 or £17.99* when you buy 2 bottles
Pomerol produced the best wines of the excellent 2006 Bordeaux vintage, with many vineyards able to harvest ripe fruit before the rains that delayed picking elsewhere. As ever, De Sales is floral, fresh and concentrated, with great balance and length.

Château Bourgneuf 2006, Pomerol
£19.99*
Bourgneuf produces very pure, succulent wines that are approachable in their youth, yet have a rusticity and tannic weight which ensures they age very well. Juicy black fruit and notes of charred earth and violets make this a classic Pomerol.

 

Château Bourgneuf 2004, Pomerol
£19.99*
Maturing notes of autumnal hedgerows, truffle and wood smoke combine to form the perfect winter claret that blends the richness of the Right Bank with the freshness of the Left. Perfect with roast beef.

Château Franc-Mayne 2006, St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
£19.99*
From a Grand Cru Classé property situated just outside St-Emilion on the famous limestone plateau, this has a vibrancy and density only found in the very best wines of the Right Bank. With layers of creamy bramble fruit and toasty new oak, it’s certainly worth decanting now, but will keep nicely for a further 10-12 years.

*Prices are valid from 02 November 2010 to 31 January 2011.