Réserve Spéciale Bordeaux Rouge

The Réserve Spéciale Bordeaux Rouge is made from a selection of wines from the best terroirs in Bordeaux. Tastings are carried out all over the Bordeaux region to find the most successful wines of the year with a view to creating blends in the tradition of the finest Bordeaux that favour balance over woodiness. The wines selected are mainly from the Entre-Deux-Mers.

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Réserve Spéciale Bordeaux Rouge
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Vintages

  • Vintage 2011

    • 70% Merlot
    • 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

    2011 was one of the hottest, sunniest and, above all, driest years of the last few decades. These weather conditions encouraged fast, uniform, flowering, two or three weeks earlier than usual; the grapes also began to ripen earlier, during July, and then, finally, the harvests started at the beginning of September with the Merlot, followed by the Cabernet in mid-September. After two rich, concentrated vintages, the 2011 Bordeaux reds saw a return to harmony and balance: a classic vintage.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Colour: medium intensity crimson.
    Nose: Intense and very fruity, with aromas of small red fruit (redcurrants, blackcurrants, raspberries).
    Palate: Supple attack, developing rounded, silky tannins and finishing on fresh liquorice notes.

  • Vintage 2010

    • 55% Merlot
    • 45% Cabernet Sauvignon

    2010 saw poor weather conditions during the flowering period of some grape varieties (the Cabernet and late Merlot) resulting in frequent flower abortion and uneven grape size. Combined with a historic drought, this produced an average yield that was 15% down on 2009. However, this enhanced the overall quality of the wines, which were exceptionally rich in tannins, with high levels of alcohol balanced by strong acidity, giving the wines freshness and longevity. The 2010 Bordeaux Rouges are powerful, lively and balanced. 2009/2010: a double success!

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Colour: purple with good intensity.
    Nose: Powerful and seductive, with aromas of ripe fruit (blackcurrants, Morello cherries) and hints of candied violet and liquorice.
    Palate: Generous, rich and full-flavoured on the palate, long finish with hints of pepper and liquorice.

  • Vintage 2009

    • 65% Merlot
    • 35% Cabernet Sauvignon

    The 2009 vintage met the five conditions necessary for a great year in Bordeaux: homogeneous, early flowering and setting of the fruit (early June) with hot, dry, sunny weather; an equally early start to the ripening process (véraison), beginning in late July, complete ripeness due a warm, dry August and September, and finally dream harvests starting late in September, in perfect weather conditions! The wines are of excellent quality, very pleasant on the nose and in the mouth, with ripe, silky tannins, good aromatic expression and a freshness on the finish that perfectly balances the sometimes high levels of alcohol.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Colour: good intense purple.
    Nose: expressive and voluptuous, mingling aromas of dark berries (blackberries, blackcurrants), dried fruit (figs, almonds), spices and liquorice.
    Palate: full-bodied and flavourful, with silky, well-blended tannins, powerful aromas and a fresh, spicy finish. A lovely, rich, full wine.