Juice 2016 Château des Antonins, Bordeaux Supérieur, Bordeaux, FRA
Grape 55% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc
Farming Sustainable, Vegan
Tasting Note A deep ruby-red in colour, this wine has an inviting bouquet of red plum, blackcurrant and those classic, old school Bordeaux hints of cedar wood, cigar and leather. The palate is supple with smooth tannins and layers of bright red fruit.
Located southeast of Bordeaux, Château des Antonins is a familyrun estate steeped in history. The estate, built in the 13th century, owes its name to the ‘Antonins’ monks who lived there for 500 years. A large part still survives today, including a toll bridge, chapel, monastery and various windmills. Phylloxera destroyed the vineyards in the late 19th century but the de Roquefeuil family, who have owned the estate since the 1850s, have gradually replanted vines, which today cover 25 hectares. Geoffroy and Martine de Roquefeuil took over in 1985, and have moved to sustainable farming. Their son Antoine spent time working in New Zealand before returning to the family estate as head winemaker in 2016.
Claret is our guilty pleasure. In fact it’s everyone’s guilty pleasure. If anyone who works in or around wine and tells you they don’t like red wine from Bordeaux they are lying. Fact! We think this particular Bordeaux Superior is just a bloody smashing example of old school claret. Leather, cigar, mahogany, it smells like Ron Burgundy’s office. On top of everything else it absolutely knocks it out of the park on our Q v P ratio. Enough Said.
We love the classic regional pairing of gorgeous little Pyrenean Lamb, roasted with truckloads of herbs and garlic, served with all the trimmings and rounded out by making a sexy, silky, lamby jus of pan juices and red wine, you could even use a liberal splash of the above. If you wanted to keep it simple then why not just grab a delicious, mixed Charcuterie selection from our Deli?