Newly introduced to the UK by Bordeaux-Undiscovered few wine lovers have had the opportunity to taste this lovely Claret. This is a wine that stands out above its peers and is made by the Donze family in Lansac, in the heart of the Cotes de Bourg. The AOC is named after the historic, Bastide (fortified town) of Bourg and sits almost directly opposite the appellation of Margaux on the other side of the River Gironde. This region has seen a surprising number of vintners drawn to the area over the past few years from famous estates, including François Mitjavile of the Saint Emilion Grand Cru Tertre Roteboeuf and Bernard Magrez of Chateau Pape Clement. It’s about time this region found the spotlight!
Bourg wines use the highest percentage of Malbec in Bordeaux and this is the region’s historic grape variety, known locally as ‘Cot de Bourg’. This is an ancient wine making area – Bourg is derived from ‘Burgus,’ the Latin for a fortified market town and it was founded by the the Roman General Pontius Paulinus who sent by Caesar to install a fort on the cliffs. Lansac has an ancient pedigree too, it’s castle lies in ruined glory with only two towers remaining but treasure hunters still search for barrels of silver and gold reputed to lie beneath its walls.
The Donze family also own Chateaux Martinat and Les Donats and have been much lauded in the French press. Their wines are classic Bourgs, elegant full bodied wines that express the best characteristics of the region. Bel Air l’Escudier is no exception and is a Claret to savour. It’s very food friendly and will pair splendidly with game: partridge, pheasant and venison, as well as duck, beef, charcuterie (salamis, smoked sausage), lamb, strong cheeses and rich spicy dishes.
Learn more about the Cotes de Bourg on our Explore Bordeaux AOCs – Cotes de Bourg page