Grape - Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot
Where - Margaux, Bordeaux, France
What - In the heart of Medoc lies a tiny 7-hectare estate owned and operated by Jean Pierre Boyer. Over the past 60 years, Jean Pierre has been working his small plot as if it is from another era. It would not be an understatement to say ‘these are the oldest vines in France’. Some of his Cabernet vines are over 110 years old. These gnarly plants feature their original rootstock and are thus producing the smallest quantities of remarkable fruit west of the river Garonne.

 

The winery is also a complete step back in time - no stainless, no pumps, no new oak. Instead, the wine is partially cluster fermented in concrete vessels before basket pressing into large format neutral foudres for 14 months of ageing. JP then holds onto all his wine until it is ready for drinking. No en-primeur for him. This is a true homage to the great claret of the 20th century.

 

This wine is light and complex with notes of brambles, cherry, raisin, smoke, game, pencil shavings and minerals.

 

Luxury, complex, vintage. Drink now. ABV 12.5%.

Chateau Belair-Marquis d’Aligre Grand Cru Margaux 1998

£70.00Price