2012 Berry Bros. & Rudd Good Ordinary Claret, Dourthe

2012 Berry Bros. & Rudd Good Ordinary Claret, Dourthe

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2012 Berry Bros. & Rudd Good Ordinary Claret, Dourthe

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With every other wine being ‘amazing value’, it is nice to come across something that understates its credentials. This is much better than ‘ordinary’, and I can think of few other bordeaux that can compete with it at £9. It’s classic claret: mid-weight with leafy, fresh dark fruit, it will lap up a traditional leg of roast lamb.
Hamish Anderson -3 of the best reds for Easter lamb - Daily Telegraph - 02-Apr-2015

Berry Bros. & Rudd's Good Ordinary Claret is far from ordinary and much better than good with wood smoke, coffee and rich red depths. It's almost suspiciously cheap at £9
Damian Barr, On the Bottle - The Sunday Times - Jan 2015

The 2012 vintage of Good Ordinary Claret is remarkably fresh and enticing on the nose. Cigar box, blueberry and blackcurrant all vie for attention, alongside a hint of wood-smoke and mocha. Instantly enjoyable, the palate is loaded with crunchy red and black fruit and the overall feel is of a balanced, refreshing wine. GOC, as it is often referred to, is our best-selling wine, and is an excellent example of why the wines of Bordeaux remain such a favourite with our customers.
Max Lalondrelle - Fine Wine Buying Director

Good Ordinary Claret is once again outdoing its name. This 2012 wine is juicy, succulent and loaded with crunchy red and black fruit. Dressed in its resplendent new label, it is also the best looking GOC we've ever had as well. Quite frankly, at this price, you can even afford to pour it for friends…if you can bear it. It is, by far, the best Bordeaux we can find at this price and we are extremely proud of it. It's just a shame we can't call it Damned Fine Quaffing Claret.
Simon Staples - Sales Director, Japan
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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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