About the Producer
Bordeaux’s Côtes can be a treasure trove of brilliant value, honestly made Bordeaux, especially when they’re in the hands of talented vignerons such as Carine and Franck Richard. Following a tip from Chateau Beynat’s owner Alain Tourenne, we visited the domaine for the first time in 2015 and were instantly convinced by both the wines and the people behind them.
Although its clay-limestone soils are identical to those of neighbouring Castillon, Francs Côtes de Bordeaux’s vineyards are higher up (107-127m) which helps keep freshness in the wines, and the rainfall is one of the lowest in the region due to local airstreams, allowing cabernet to ripen properly.
Taking over the domaine in 1998, Franck and his wife immediately began farming organically, obtaining certification with the 2010 vintage. Most of the vines inherited from the previous generation are still there and their average age is now 45yo which would put many Grand Cru Classé to shame. Vinification and élevage are as gentle as possible, the aim being to make wines that are pure and express all the freshness of their terroir.
Château Cru Godard’s vines grow on southerly exposed hillsides adjacent to the Saint-Emilion appellation and geographically closer to Bergerac than to the city of Bordeaux.
The wine is fermented by indigenous yeast in stainless steel tanks and is then matured 50% in tank and 50% in used barriques that have seen two passages.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Côtes de Bordeaux, France
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The 2015 has a dark ruby robe. The nose offers aromas of sweet black fruits, tobacco, and cocoa. The mid-weight palate has soft flavors of black cherry, cassis, blackberry, and coffee framed by savory earth notes and fine-grained tannins. This has good sap and good freshness and cries out for hanger steak with red wine shallot sauce or lamb chops grilled pink on the inside.
Product size: 750ml