Château George 7 Merlot, Fronsac, Bordeaux
Living the dream
Tastes like: Blackberry. Raspberry. Damsen Berry. Mineral. Cedar. Pepper. Fine tannins.
Wine loving British businesswoman Sally Evans had a dream of escaping the rat race and getting her boots dirty in her own vineyard (something we can certainly relate to!)
She bravely took the plunge and it was picturesque Fronsac on Bordeaux’s right bank which stole Sally’s heart and she promptly set out to turn a dilapidated farmhouse and its rather unloved Merlot vines into one of the most hotly tipped estates in the region.
Sustainability is a key philosophy here. Her first decision was to ditch the oft-routine spraying and chemical treatments which this vineyard previously endured and it is now a beacon of biodiversity and natural viticulture.
Located a stone's throw from some of the right bank's most prestigious estates, the commune of Fronsac represents phenomenal quality and value for money with ripe Merlot thriving in the rich clay and limestone soil.
Château George 7 is certainly one to watch for the future and the exceptional 2018 vintage will be well worth snaffling away for a few years yet.
Drink now - 2030
France - 2018 - 13.5% - 75cl
94 pts - Decanter 2020
“Lovely teasing aromatics of blackberry and ripe plum. Star anise brightens a well poised, ample palate of fleshy damson and sloe.”