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Domaine de Galouchey 'Vin de Jardin', Bordeaux 2016

A new estate - relatively speaking - in a wine region such as Bordeaux so steeped many centuries of history.

Vines were planted in 2002 on brand new sites within the large appellation of Entre-deux-Mers, though the wine is declassified as Vin de France.

A tiny plot of around 1Ha with five red grape varieties planted: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. White varietals Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle are also planted in their vineyard.

After a lot of experimentation, first vintage was released in 2007.

Because no vines were ever planted on their land previously, it has never been exposed to fertilizers etc., and organic principles (uncertified) have been followed since the beginning.

Fruit is hand-harvested with low yields. Berries are destemmed by hand and grapes co-fermented with wild yeasts. Elevage is in old oak barrels with minimal SO2 additions and then bottled unfined and unfiltered.

The philosophy of the domaine steps outside of usual Bordeaux criteria – the rejection of new oak, for example - with the focus upon the character of the wines, combining weight, body and silken texture with incredible freshness and drinkability.

The blend for the Vin de Jardin rouge is 75% Merlot, 7.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Carménère

Very approachable, juicy, fresh style of wine, a ready-to-enjoy Bordeaux. Supple tannins, good structure and freshness.

Pair with barbecue, simple steak from the grill, Mexican spiced dishes, a cheeseboard or by itself.

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