In a nutshell: A well rounded and supple Claret from a the Entre-Deux Mers region of Bordeaux.
The lowdown: This attractive blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon spends time in a mix of oak barriques and stainless steel following fermentation which gives just the right balance for an early drinking Claret. On the nose blackcurrant aromas mingle with herbaceous notes of mint and thyme, cedar and gentle oak spice while the palate is medium bodied with plenty of earthy, spicy black fruit flavours supported by attractive oak notes and integrated tannins.
When to drink: A dependably reliable and good value Claret. It goes well with roasts, charcuterie and mature cheese.
Vignobles Ducoout is based in the commune of Ladaux in the the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers region south east of Bordeaux which is where they've been since the family first acquired Château des Combes in 1858. In the post WWII period under the guidance of Henri Ducourt the estate gradually transformed into one of the major enterprises of the area. During this period they acquired several additional properties and today they own 14 châteaux and a vineyard area extending to 450 hectares.
Currently at the helm of the business are thre grandchildren of the Hernri Ducourt, Bernard, Phillipe and Marie Christine. Their vineyards are all managed the agriculture raisonnée system where they aim to minimse the use of artificial pesticides and use mininmally interventionist methods. The extensive range of wines fully reflect their ethos and there's excellent quality to be found here at, for Bordeaux wines, pleasantly modest prices.