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.

Réserve Spéciale Bordeaux Rouge


  • Vintage 2016

    • 80 % Merlot
    • 20 % Cabernet Sauvignon

    2016 has been a remarkable vintage in the Bordeaux region, reminiscent of the legendary 1990 in terms of both quantity and quality! It was a fairly challenging year for winegrowers, with a very wet start to the growth cycle (800 mm of rain over the first six months of the year), a very dry period from 1 July to 13 September, and finally localized thunderstorms and a beautiful Indian summer that enabled the grapes to reach optimal ripeness. Excluding the areas affected by frost, hail, or outbreaks of mildew, and in contrast to the rest of France’s vineyards, overall yields this year in Bordeaux were the highest since 2011 (up 10%). The red wines are rich, smooth and fruity, with tannins of a rarely obtained maturity and very deep colours.


    Colour: Deep crimson-purple.
    Nose: Intense and seductive, mingling aromas of red fruit (raspberry and blackcurrant) with notes of candied liquorice and spices.
    Palate: Well-balanced, with rich, silky tannins and a pleasant freshness on the finish.

  • Vintage 2015

    • 60 % Merlot
    • 40 % Cabernet Sauvignon

    2015 was characterized by a rather late bud break, and rapid, uniform flowering, during the first two weeks of June, in superb conditions, with very low rainfall and slightly above average temperatures. July was very hot and dry, with temperatures approaching heatwave levels between 30 June and 6 July, and 20 mm of rain, much like 2010. The onset of ripening (late July/early August) was fast and uniform. August and September suffered from cloudy spells, whose effects on the vines varied enormously from region to region. The result was a very good vintage in Bordeaux.

    TASTING NOTES (at bottling) 

    Colour: Deep purple.
    Nose: Pleasant, aromatic, dominated by scents of dark berries (blackberries, blackcurrants, cherries)
    Palate: Generous, full-bodied attack, with ripe, silky tannins, notes of liquorice and black fruit, good spicy finish.

  • Vintage 2014

    • 50% Merlot
    • 50% Cabernet Sauvignon

    The summer of 2014 was rather gloomy, characterized by a lack of sunshine and low temperatures, but then beautiful weather arrived in the entire region in early September and remained for several weeks (until the end of October), saving the vintage. The Indian summer gave the vines optimal ripening conditions, and the grapes reached a balance between sugar, acidity and phenols worthy of a great vintage. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc benefited from the superb late season and offered excellent quality in 2014.


    Colour: Bright, beautifully intense ruby.
    Nose: Intense and seductive, combining aromas of candied liquorice, violets, and very ripe black fruit.
    Palate: Rounded and full-bodied, with noticeable but well-integrated tannins; the finish is clean, fruity and harmonious.

  • Vintage 2013

    • 60% Merlot
    • 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

    The 2013 vintage in Bordeaux was characterized by difficult weather conditions. A wet spring resulted in widespread flower abortion and uneven grape size, hail storms then caused significant losses, especially in the Entre-deux-Mers region, there were then alternating spells of rain and fine weather until the harvests. This was one of the most complex vintages to manage in 30 years, with the lowest overall yields since the frost of 1991!


    Colour: Purple with good intensity.
    Nose: Expressive and very aromatic, dominated by notes of dark berries (redcurrants, blueberries, blackcurrants).
    Palate: Medium bodied, this is a seductive wine, with pure, intense notes of fruit and a lovely freshness on the finish.

  • Vintage 2012

    • 70% Merlot
    • 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

    2012 was a challenging year for winegrowers. After a harsh winter, the cool spring slowed down flowering, which was spread over a fairly long period. Fertilisation was then hampered by rain in early June, resulting in flower abortion and uneven grape size, so yields were low. The wet weather and lack of sunshine continued until mid-July but August and early September were hot and dry, with a substantial variation between day and night-time temperatures, enabling the Merlot to fully ripen before the heavy rain at the end of September.


    Colour: Medium intensity ruby.
    Nose: Refined, seductive, mixing aromas of red fruit (raspberries), spices and liquorice.
    Palate: Full-bodied attack; this is a supple, balanced wine with a fresh, spicy finish.

  • 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.