Chateau Laroche Joubert 2010
Introducing our new delicious red wine from Chateau Laroche Joubert from the Cotes du Bourg appellation in Bordeaux. This wine had a wow factor in a series of tastings on a recent buying trip to France.
This wine won a Silver medal in the Paris and Aquitaine wine shows (the proportion of wines receiving medals in French wine shows is lower than Australia so this signifies a very good wine).
It is an easy drinking merlot blend from the Bordeaux Cotes de Bourg appellation. The vineyards of Bourg face Margaux across the Gironde estuary and offer exceptional quality and excellent value for money.
Château Laroche Joubert, Cotes du Bourg
Located on the heights of the hills of the Cotes du Bourg appellation, the 15 hectares of Laroche Joubert are planted with a majority of merlot vines. The same family has owned the estate since 1795. In 1998 a new manager set about modernising production. Since then it has consistently received awards at various shows and mentions in the Guide Hachette (the French wine review bible).
Terroir: The vineyards of Laroche Joubert face the Margaux vineyards across the Gironde estuary and produce very good merlot based wines at an excellent price.
Grapes: 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec
Wine making: Long maceration for 3-4 weeks in small temperature controlled vats. Aged for 12 months in oak
Our tasting notes: The expressive nose presents notes of red fruits and plums.
This is a delicious wine, with lovely, plummy fruit and minerality, a good balance and nice tannins.
Ready to drink now but will improve with one-three years cellaring.
This is a good value for money Bordeaux wine. It is a good example of what the small producers in Bordeaux can do, especially in good years (such as the 2010 vintage).