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This parcel of mature, traditional claret perfectly encapsulates why we still love Bordeaux. This 2006 Haut-Médoc is a classic blend of approximately 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot from the excellent Château Maucamps, a Cru Bourgeois property owned by the Tessandier family. With 17 years of age behind it, the structure has mellowed beautifully and the wine has taken on the classic cedar wood and mature blackcurrant fruit qualities typical of the left bank.

Founded in the 18th century and later acquired by the Tessandier family, Château Maucamps lies at the southern end of the Médoc – just south of the Margaux appellation and neighbouring Château Cantemerle on the banks of the Garonne.

Since taking over in the 1950s, the Tessandiers have introduced sustainable farming and state-of-the-art winemaking facilities to the estate. Fruit from 35-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot vines is hand-harvested before fermentation and ageing for 16 months in barrels (with new oak kept to a minimum). The result is high-quality, old-fashioned Haut-Médoc worthy of its Cru Bourgeois classification.

A good year that has been overshadowed by the fanfare (and high prices) of the vintage that preceded it, conditions in 2006 favoured vineyards in the Haut-Médoc and Margaux, with many of the best estates producing wines on a par with the minor classed growths elsewhere. 

12.5% / 75cl