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The Best Wine of the World Andreas Larsson speaks about Cru Bourgeois

The Best Wine of the World Andreas Larsson speaks about Cru Bourgeois

“Cru Bourgeois is an immensely important category for Bordeaux and the Médoc. A category in which we find not only value for money which is certainly one of its advantages, but also very high quality where both rather traditional, structured and age worthy styles thrives next to more modern rounded and flamboyant examples. A Cru Bourgeois is certainly a Bordeaux wine with an address, history and identity.”

On September 20th, the new Cru Bourgeois Selection has been published. 278 Châteaux from Médoc, Listrac-Médoc, Moulis, Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe and Haut Médoc areas have reached the best title of their region. Every wines have been selected by a jury composed by 18 professionals. The vintage selected this year is 2014. This Cru Bourgeois classification is a distinction for the Bordeaux wines with a high level of quality that don’t have accede to the historical classification of 1855 Grand Cru Classé.

Since a long time, those wines made the reputation of Médoc and Bordeaux, in the entire world. But now, they integrate The Best Wine of The World contest.

Just three days after the new list, Andreas Larsson starts to taste in blind conditions those different appellations and their very prestigious wines. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to know which one will be the best Cru Bourgeois!  We expect your commentaries on our Facebook and Twitter. All the results on http://www.blindtasted.com/ All the videos on Tasted100%Blind Youtube channel Follow Andreas Larsson on Instagram

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Château Clarke – Baron Edmond De Rothschild - 2013
France – Bordeaux – Cru Bourgeois – Red
86 Points
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0N8ZdQuwUM
Sweet nose, displaying ripe fruit, red and dark berries, plum, gentle hint of oak and vanilla. Palate is fairly dense with high extract. The wine has a good concentration, it is fairly persistent on the palate. I do not doubt that this will age well, it is just a question of time.


Château Haut Barrail - 2014
France – Bordeaux – Cru Bourgeois – Red
90 Points
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuCyTEzAg-o
Very nice nose. It is combining really ripe dark fruit such as cassis, dark plum and blackberry. With finely toasted oak. Good grip on the palate. A lot of extract but ripe tannin. Very good level of freshness as well. It really gives me a sensation of fresh berries, freshly crushed berries. A wine that will continue to develop for many more years. Fine potential here.


Château Beau Site - 2012
France – Bordeaux – Saint Estèphe – Cru Bourgeois – Red
89 Points
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCgm5NNyRe0
Generous nose, displaying some roasted flavours. Fine spiciness here with vanilla, roasted coffee bean, some white pepper and plum. I would say rather elegant fruit. Well-balanced acidity as well. Finish is long, lingering. So truly a wine with substance and potential.


Chateau De Malleret - 2012 
France – Bordeaux – Haut Medoc – Cru Bourgeois – Red
89 Points
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if-iQMpfA7w
Some dried spices, leather and a mix of red and dark berries, with red and blackcurrant, plum. Some ripe herbs; sage and mint. Good grip on the palate. Quite full here, with a good level of extract. Fine and grainy tannin, giving a good lift. Contributing to a really long finish. I like the toastiness here.


Château La Haye - 2012
France – Bordeaux – Saint Estèphe – Cru Bourgeois – Red
90 Points
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gTwRyv5RzM
Good purity. It exudes quite high ripeness with black currant, plum, dark cherry. Good bite on the palate. Beautiful flavours of cassis, with tobacco leaf, hint of leather. Really juicy and attractive. Nice modern style, yet with a good purity and notion of terroir.


Chateau Haut Breton Larigaudiere - 2012
France – Bordeaux – Margaux – Cru Bourgeois – Red
90 Points
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcJm4oiGV6s
Very elegant nose, displaying some hints of roasted coffee, fine oak, some of those coffee beans. This is really what I would call a classic mid-weight structure, but it has that dense core of that fruit like that juicy, cassis, plum. I like the aromatic complexity of this one, I like the finesse, the classic structure. A really fine and elegant style of wine.


Château Le Meynieu - 2012 
France – Bordeaux – Haut Médoc – Cru Bourgeois - Red
90 Points
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRcfWhQRnP4
Fine nose here, it’s pure with elegant fruit, there’s a slightly mineral hint to it, I would call it like “gravelly Cabernet Merlot” with cassis, red currant, aromatic herbs and plum. Fine toastiness as well, some roasted coffee, fine wood, tobacco. I find this very nice, stylish, in a classic well-made style. It’s certainly a wine I take a lot of pleasure in imbibing right now today.

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