Chateau de Bouillerot "Cep d'Antan", Bordeaux 2015
"Cep d’Antan" means "the old-fashioned grape variety" and in 2015 this wine is made from equal parts of Carmenère, Petit Verdot and Malbec, the varieties that have historically been used to boost the colour, acidity and tannin structure of Bordeaux’s wines but which, when taken alone (as in this wine), lead to a wine of profound colour, sappy savouriness and rampant tannin. This wine is designed for full combat with protein-rich foods! The word "brooding" is an overused wine tasting cliché too often used to describe extrovert fruit bombs when it should really be reserved for wines like this that invite you in to their darkest recesses to discover a bed of crimson joy!
The 2012 was reviewed by Max Allen in Australian Gourmet Traveller: "...this blend of Carmenère, Petit Verdot and Malbec is fabulous. Dark meaty fruit and gravelly tannin sweep across the tongue."
Image above of owner-winemaker at Château de Bouillerot Thierry Bos hard at work in the vines.
Thierry labeling his wine...
The moment he's been waiting for!