Episode 86 – 17th November 2021
A Cru Bourgeois Smash and Grab!
I have completely run out of time this week and so my notes are brief but my images are pretty good! I attended a Cru Bourgeois du Médoc tasting yesterday that focussed on the 2018 and 2019 vintages and here are my favourite wines and a few links to merchants. All achieved 17/20 or above in my notes with 2018 Arnauld the finest wine by a nudge! All five wines show great prowess, accuracy and value for money and there is no doubt that they give the big names a run for their money!
2018 Château Arnauld, Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, Haut-Médoc
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot; 16 months French oak
2018 Château Deyrem Valentin, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur, Margaux
56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot; 15 months in French oak, 50% new
2018 Château Le Crock, Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, Saint-Estèphe
45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot; 14-18 months in French oak, 30% new
2019 Château d’Agassac, Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, Haut-Médoc
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc; 12-15 months in French oak, 60% new and 40% vats
No obvious stockists at present
2019 Château Petit Bocq, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur, Saint-Estèphe
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot; 12 months in French oak, 50% new