Château de Lussac 2006, Lussac-Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux
Classe of ‘06
Tastes like: Bramble Fruit. Plums. Cedar. Tobacco. Cocoa. Liquorice. Gentle Tannins.
Alex our in-house wine nerd thinks that we drink too many red wines too young with many bodacious bottles developing over time and rewarding those who snaffle them away.
And the good news here is that we've got our hands on some pre-snaffled bottles of banging Bordeaux so that you needn't have to wait!
This 17-year-old tipple from Lussac-Saint-Émilion shows that it's not just the top classified grows that improve with age - it is a fantastic Grand Vin that is at peak drinking right now!
As you'd expect from this Saint Emilion satellite appellation it's a blend dominated by Merlot but with a generous 23% Cabernet Franc. The wine was then aged for 16 months in 50/50 new and old French oak barrels. Classic stuff.
It's still got a lovely purity of ripe fruit but is showing some smashing developed characteristics and savoury notes on the nose and palate. Affordable luxury too at this price!
Château de Lussac was founded in 1876 and has been the property of Mme G Laviale-Van Malderen and her husband Hervé since the 2000 vintage and since then they've upgraded the winery considerably, resulting a noticable jump in quality.
France - 2006 - 14.5% - 75cl