8 June 2012

Château La Fleur Poitou review by Winsor Dobbin

Well known Australian wine writer (and twittersphere legend)  Winsor Dobbin has published another review of one of the wines imported by DiscoverVin. This easy drinking and good value ($25) Bordeaux red wine from Château La Fleur Poitou is one of our favorites and one of the first wines that we have in stock from the great vintage of 2010. The wine comes from the appellation (region) of Lussac Saint Émilion .
Six satellite villages that once sold their wines under the Saint Émilion AOC surround Saint Émilion.  Of these villages, four now add Saint Émilion to their names to form the Saint Émilion satellites.  They are separated from Saint Émilion by the Barbanne River (more like a creek), an ancient frontier between those in the south who spoke the Langue d’Oc and those in the north who spoke the Langue d’Oil. Wines from these lesser-known regions produce some interesting wines at a fraction of the cost of their more famous neighbours.
Lussac-Saint Emilion’s history dates to Roman times.  Its terroir is varied with clay soils in the north, clay-limestone soils in the southeast.

Lussac Saint Émilion is a northerly “satellite” appellation of Saint Émilion on the right bank of Bordeaux.  The combination of Merlot dominating Cabernet Franc is distinctive of this appellation.  Cabernet Sauvignon is much less commonly planted as the soils of this area are thought to be more suited to merlot and cabernet franc. 

This is a good value drinkable Bordeaux from a highly regarded vintage. In the great vintages such as 2010, there is often value to be found amongst small producers such as this. This generous wine is a good example of the type of value for money wines that DiscoverVin is trying to bring downunder.

And here is the review by Winsor Dobbins:

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012

Chateau La Fleur Poitou 2010

A delightful drink this one, from a small producer in Lussac St Emilion on Bordeaux's right bank. There is plenty of concentration on the nose while the palate reveals dark berry and currant flavours with oak (30% new) playing a mere support role. A blend of merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon, it is a supple wine, soft and round with excellent balance and complexity, but more importantly drinkability. It's a very clean wine, smooth and characterful and with medium-term cellaring potential. A very good introduction to affordable Bordeaux from a well-regarded vintage. $25. Imported by DiscoverVin.www.discovervin.com.au.  

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