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Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Château Mille Anges 2016, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux

A right-bank red Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux from Goedhuis

The Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux is a sub-region of Bordeaux located on the hillsides overlooking the right bank of the Garonne.

It has a winemaking history that goes back a thousand years, covering around 1,100 hectares with 80 producers. The wines are typically elegant, fleshy and silky with red fruits and spices. Supple, rounded and full of finesse, they have a good ability to age.

A good rule of thumb in Bordeaux is to buy vintage over terroir; that is to say, a less expensive wine in a good year can outperform grander names from an off-year. 

2016 was an excellent year in Bordeaux, so make sure to stock up on wines from that year; drinking nicely now with some time in the decanter, if you can wait, put them away for a few years to reach maturity.

Château Mille Anges 2016, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux (£13, Goedhuis & Co) Merlot-Cabernet Franc-Cabernet Sauvignon blend from an excellent vintage.

Very fresh, very structured with bright, juicy red and black berry fruits, cherries and damsons, coffee grounds, spice and herbal cool mint; very fine, well-integrated tannins. Supple, pure and very adept. Focused, precise and elegant.

Benefits from aeration and will repay some cellaring.

Match with red meats or fowl.

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