Bargain Bordeaux can give you a lot of bang for your buck. Bordeaux-Undiscovered specialise in tracking down wonderful wines from this stellar region to offer you the best wine deals. Our latest discovery is Chateau Perrot . . .
The Bordeaux that is readily available in the UK tends to be either from the more expensive, premium, end of the scale or from cheaper producers who can guarantee large volumes of wine. This means that the majority of small producers who make great Bordeaux wines simply don’t get discovered, despite their wines being much feted in France. Hunting these wines down means that Bordeaux-Undiscovered can offer high quality wines at easily affordable prices.
Bringing small production Bordeaux to the UK benefits the producers as the wines gain the recognition they deserve thanks to their high standard and benefits the consumer as they represent amazing value for money.
Exploring the Entre Deux Mers for red Bordeaux has been unfashionable; after all this is an area renowned for its whites. UK merchants tend to source red wines from French negotiants (wine merchants) in more prominent and easily recognisable areas. However for those prepared to do the leg work this region between the two rivers has lots to offer.
The whole region has a fascinating history and its ancient estates have wine making pedigrees that stretch back centuries. These lands, once owned by Kings, Popes and nobility, produced wines for the court and the church long before the Medoc with its famous Bordeaux reds was even thought of. The terrain here is fertile and green; full of gently rolling uplands cut by numerous rivers and peppered with Medieval forts and bastides, chateaux, mills and monasteries.
More importantly, this terrain makes great red wine and it is packed with hidden promise.
It’s a good hunting ground for Bordeaux-Undiscovered.
Unknown in the UK but awarded Gold in France: Chateau Perrot
We discovered Chateau Perrot near Castelmoron d’Albret, the smallest village in France. This is a classic small producer (Petit Chateaux) making award winning wines which have never been seen in the UK before.
The ‘Cuvee Prestige’ is a gold medal winner and deservedly so. This little chateau is a real discovery and we are pleased to be able to introduce it to wine lovers over here. Perrot is owned by the Chavaux family and its vineyards lie about a mile away from the 10th century fortified village of Castelmoron which sits on the rocky escarpment high above. The vines sit on crumbly limestone soils and are surrounded by sunflowers to attract the bees.
History & Awards:
The Chavaux’s have been wine makers for several generations spanning the centuries and Perrot sits on an old site. Bernard and Christine Chavaux grow 4 acres of red grapes (Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) and 17 of white (Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc).
Their red wines have been attracting awards in France since 2003 from both Bordeaux itself and Paris.
Similar to another of our popular Petits Chateaux (Trois Tours), Chateau Perrot’s land was once owned by Jeanne d’Albret (1528 – 1572), Queen of Navarre and the mother of King Henry IV. She stayed at Castelmoron several times and held a small court there. There is no doubt the Queen enjoyed the local wines, they were served at all the local noble manors.
The vineyard is a patchwork of ancient plots, each given its own name which is recognised on the cadastral plan. This means that the plots were established long ago in time and were important enough to be named by the local government. This was done in the past in order to collect taxes from the vineyard owner, each plot being allocated a specific duty. Perrot is the name of the largest plot and gave its name to the Peit Chateau.
Making wine from separate plots is a policy followed by todays top chateaux as it allows the wine maker to blend only the best from each terrain. It’s not a modern invention but has become best practice – Petit Chateaux were following this policy for centuries.
Chateau Perrot produces a small amount of Claret and we have selected their ‘Cuvee Prestige’ to bring to the UK. This Cuvee is a special blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from superior quality grapes from the Perrot parcel.
Chateau Perrot ‘Cuvee Prestige’ comes from the 2010 vintage – a glorious year for Bordeaux.
We are offering Cuvee Prestige at an introductory price of £6.99 which is superb value for money.
‘Supple and fruity Claret with a powerful, spicy nose and lingering aromas freshly crushed black fruits. Flavours of black cherry, cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) and mocha with notes of ripe dark plum, vanilla and toasty oak; coupled with a long fruity finish. Velvety smooth with good depth.’
Being an exceptionally made Claret, Cuvee Prestige is great with food; try it with roast duck, chicken, guinea fowl or lamb, rabbit and game pies. It’s a good match for strong hard cheeses as well as bean dishes with smoked ham or chorizo.
* Price correct at the time of writing.