This charming Cuvee from multi award winning Chateau Les Combes is made by the long established Borderie family in Lussac Saint Emilion. Lussac is one of the satellite AOCs of UNESCO World Heritage site, Saint Emilion, and is the most northerly appellation of the satellites. It has an ancient past and, like Saint Emilion, it has Roman roots (Lussac takes its name from the Roman Lucius and is rich in Roman archaeology). What’s more, Lussac boasts some stunning wines that are overshadowed by their more famous siblings in Saint Emilion. Some well known wine making dynasties have a foot in the satellites but you have to know where to look to find them. We are proud to have discovered this Petit Chateau and to have brought its wine to the UK for the first time.
Chateau Les Combes is an old vineyard and lies in the village of Saint Medard de Guizieres, once owned by the Benedictine Abbey de Faize. At one point in time the whole appellation was devoted to producing wines for communion and the religious orders. Lussac borders the Cotes de Francs and the Borderie family also own Chateau Vieille Dynastie in Lalande de Pomerol. The family’s wine producing history goes back for centuries and they were one of the few who continued to produce wine and shelter locals during the German occupation in World War II.
Bordeaux Superieurs are ‘superior’ Clarets made under stricter production laws that lift them above the rank of Bordeaux AOC. They are aged in oak for longer and tend to be richer and more complex. The Borderie’s Cuvee Saint Louis is a superb example of how good a Bordeaux Superieur can be. It’s also good with food, being superb with lamb, beef, and venison. Cuvee Saint Louis is also marries well with duck, pigeon and pheasant. It is great with highly flavoured dishes using cheese or salty bacon, chicken or pork in rich herby sauces and mushroom based recipes.
Learn more about Les Combes and Bordeaux Superieurs on Nicks Blogs: Bargain Bordeaux and Best Wine Deals – Lifting the lis on Lussac: Chateau Les Combes and Bordeaux’s Super Superieurs