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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Rugby and Polo: Bordeaux vs Argentina

A classic Dourthe Bordeaux vs a plump, spicy Clos de los Siete from Argentina

If you want to find out the difference between the Old World and the New, you could do a lot worse than compare these two wines; both are oaked reds of about the same age costing around the same low-to-mid-teens money.

The Dourthe is classic Bordeaux; dark plum fruit and good structure with some aged complexity - an athletic-yet-deft rugby player of a wine.

The Clos de los Siete, made with input from consultant Michel Rolland, is riper and plumper with sweet black fruits and a supple texture; a classy easy-drinker, it is a flamboyant polo horseman.

The Argentine wine is technically the slightly better of the two but the Bordeaux has more elegance and subtlety - an honourable draw.

Château Pey la Tour Réserve 2011, Bordeaux Supérieur £11.50 Wine Society (Merlot-dominated red blend)

Clos de los Siete 2012, Vista Flores £15 Waitrose, Sainsbury (57% Malbec, 18% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot)

Other related articles
Dourthe N° 1 Rouge 2011 - The Wine Society
Angelica Zapata Alta Cabernet Franc Mendoza - 2010

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