One of our favourite Bordeaux producers from Margaux, on the left bank of Bordeaux, about 45 minutes northwest from Bordeaux city, close to the Gironde estuary. Henri Lurtons manages the Chateau and its vineyards and makes the wines; which demonstrate their quality and finesse every year whatever the weather in Bordeaux, with plenty of flavour, excellent balance of tannin and fruit and potential for ageing, typical of the wines that have made Bordeaux so famous. This 2015 is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (70% of these barrels were new oak, giving a lovely spice character to the wine that blends gently with the blackcurrant fruit character of Cabernet Sauvignon). It has an attractive deep red colour with notes of blackcurrant, cherry and spice, and just a touch of chocolate too. Slightly fuller than the 2014 in body, with darker fruit notes and the powerful palate of 2015, a warm year, this still is an exceptionally well-balanced wine with moderate alcohol and a fresh finish. Just starting to mellow and take on mature flavours of tobacco, fig and cedar. It is drinking very well now although will last for another 3-4 years at its peak in this half bottle size, but can be decanted if you’d like to drink it now, and left to mellow for a few hours before serving. 13.5% ABV.