Andrew Guard

2016 Côtes De Bordeaux, 'Duc Des Nauves' (Château Le Puy)

This is quite simply great drinking. A blend of 70% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Duc de Nauves is Bordeaux made without manipulation so it is fruity, lithe, sensual and delicious. As someone who has had only one eye open to the wines of Bordeaux for most of my career, this wine actually made me smile! Here is a super, fruit driven wine offering amazing value for the quality.

I have been looking for some time to find a Bordeaux to add to our portfolio of wine and after several years of searching and tasting I have found something very special indeed in Château le Puy, run by the Amoreau family since 1610.

Jean-Pierre Amoreau and his son Pascal make very pure and equisite Bordeaux wine from their estate of fifty hectares of old vines in the Bordeaux 'Côtes de Francs' region. The estate is planted mostly to Merlot but also has plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Carmenère. For white wine, only Semillon is used.

These are special wines and an authentic expression of 'terroir' - Biodynamic agriculture, winemaker skill, soil and climate all combine to produce wines that age with grace and elegance, and with a bright acidity that keeps them fresh and alive.