Newly introduced to the UK by Bordeaux-Undiscovered few wine lovers have had the opportunity to taste this lovely Claret from the Cotes. This is a wine that stands out above its peers and is made by Jean Michel Robert in Samonac, near Tauriac, 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.
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. Samonac has an ancient pedigree too, it’s named after a Roman physician named Serenus Samonacus who owned the land there.
Jean Michel Robert’s wines are classic Bourgs, elegant full bodied wines that express the best characteristics of the region. Riviere Pelgris 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.