Monday, 29 February 2016
Crus Bourgeois - the 2012s
These lesser-known Medoc sub-regions (Moulis-En-Medoc, Listrac-Medoc) are something of a halfway-house between entry level Medoc / Haut-Medoc and the more famous sub-regions of the classed growths (Margaux, Pauillac et al).
The word "fresh" comes up a lot in my tasting notes for these 2012 Crus Bourgeois - it was a coolish year, and the best wines are juicy, berry-fruited and vibrant.
More burgundian on the whole than bordelais, they need to have been made with a gentle hand with seemingly more Merlot in the blend, giving flavours of coffee, liquorice and fresh cherries more than cassis and cigar box.
They are generally light-ish early drinkers, but the best have some substance and oak, so will take a bit of aging. But in general, you can buy now and drink now whilst waiting for other vintages to come into their own.
You can also match with lighter foods - Bordeaux with vegetable starters? You can with these 2012s.
Chateau Caroline, Moulis-En-Medoc 2012 fresh berry fruit and sweet spices. Vibrant and inky.
Chateau Baudan, Listrac-Medoc, 2012 ripe blackcurrant, coffee and oaky spice; supple, harmonious and fresh. Good.
Other related articles
The CWB Bordeaux-Off
Crus Bourgeois 2011
Crus Bourgeois 2013