Chateau Haut-Maco Cuvee Jean Bernard Cotes de Bourg 2015
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When in France we had to bring some Bordeaux wine back to Australia and this one is a ripper! Chateau Haut-Maco is family owned and for four generations they have farmed these pristine vines in the small town of Tauriac, in the Côtes de Bourg region on the right bank of the Dordogne River. When we tasted and discussed this wine with Hugues and his sister Anne we felt their passion and love for the family wines. This example is a gorgeous, silky smooth medium to full bodied merlot-cabernet blend.
The earliest recorded mention of merlot was in the notes of a local Bordeaux official who in 1784 labelled this grape as one of the area's best. Aside from being the most planted grape in Bordeaux, these particular merlot clones planted in Chateau Haut-Maco are very special and rare indeed. In the late 1990s, researchers at University of California showed that the earliest merlot clones were the offspring of cabernet franc and a half-sibling of cabernet sauvignon, carménère and malbec.
Enough of the history lesson! The first thing you notice after pouring this wine is the colour. A dirty, intense red colour that can be directly related to the clay and limestone soil. An amazing complex aroma of dark fruit and berries. The oak is perfectly integrated with soft spices coming through. Tannins are delicate and smooth. The flavours are dark fruit and the finish is silky. This wine just keeps on giving after each mouthful! This is ready to be enjoyed right now however if you love it so much you can cellar it with confidence. It was a lovely food match with BBQ beef fillet with Dijon mustard (click for recipe).
Popsy & JJ tasted and food matched August 2019
Try it with...
Bangers and mash
Rosemary roast chicken
BBQ eye fillet steak with Dijon on the side