2016 EP Chateau de Francs Cuvee Les Cerisiers, Cotes des Francs
Deep ruby, tight rim. Plummy, dry flowers, spices. Elegant. Palate is filled with tones of fresh, red and black plums, it gives an adequate varietal expression (90% Merlot ,10% Cabernet Sauvignon) and intensity (using the oldest 40 years old grapes) textured by fine, round tannins. Les Cerisiers is the top cuvee from the estates' oldest vines. It is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for between 12 to 14 months.
Considering the experienced and profile of the wine makers Hubert de Bouard of Angelus and , this top cuvee from Chateau de France Cuvee Les Cerisiers 2016 gives good early drinking(within 5 years) and excellent value for money. HK$ 1000 for 12 bottles? This is our first tasting of wines from Chateau de France from the Cotes.
James Suckling - "Really excellent with a beautiful depth of fruit and a wonderful center palate. Full-bodied, fruit-driven red yet one that’s in check and balanced. Well done. Better than the 2015? Barrel Sample: 93-94"
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Often a stunning value, the Les Cerisiers is once again fabulous in 2016. Sweet red cherry, espresso, herbs and crushed flowers wrap around a core of fleshy fruit in soft, supple Côtes de Bordeaux loaded with personality. Drink this succulent red over the next handful of years. Les Cerisiers remains one of the very best values in Bordeaux today. This is a delicious wine from proprietors Hubert de Boüard and Dominique Hebrard. Tasted two times. Barrel Sample: 88-90"