Beyond Bordeaux’s familiar list of big-name producers, there is a cast of supporting players who go about their business with little fuss, consistently turning out excellent wines at good prices.
52% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot.
Château Biac: 5,000-9,000 vines/ha
Crushed black berry fruit on the nose, showing perfectly the ripeness of the vintage, Merlot dominant, providing a marvellous mid-palate with a refreshing firmness from Cabernet Sauvignon. All the qualities of a great vintage in place, with firm tannins to add vigour to the richly textured fruit.
Stockist: £38, Hedonism
Taster: Steven Spurrier