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Bergerac

Fleur de Thenac, Bergerac 2014

R195

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Our first consignment is now sold-out, to purchase more please email james@winecellar.co.za. The next shipment will be arriving towards the end of May.

60% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Malbec

Fleur de Thénac is produced within spitting distance of Bordeaux in the neighbouring commune of Bergerac. Literally just over the Bordeaux AOC border, the region produces similar wines but at a fraction of the price. On release, the 2009 Fleur de Thénac was one of the most raved-about value wines and the 2014 is of the same ilk.

The 2014 Fleur de Thénac was produced by a dream team led by Denis Durantou, the magician of Château L'Église Clinet. Drinking so well right now – plump and sensuous with a fresh lift and a dry, moreish finish – this absolute bargain is more akin to Right Bank Bordeaux and has been called a ‘baby Pomerol’.

‘The owner has poured squillions into making the wine taste like a young Pomerol.’ – JancisRobinson.com

Château Thénac is one of those properties that punches well above its weight. They have invested millions into upgrades and kept only their best vineyards. While made in the image of Bordeaux, Bergerac wines are often softer and more approachable in their youth. This 2014 is hedonistic and ready to enjoy and the lesser status of this appellation ensures stunning value.

Tasting notes:
'A blend of 60% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Malbec. 2014 is a classic vintage with few challenges and similar in quality to Bordeaux. The wine has graphite, attractive oak and dark berry perfume. The plush dark cherry, plum and floral nose follows to the palate, with hints of vanilla and dark chocolate, rounded out by ripe tannins and a core of vibrant fruit. The sumptuous palate is juicy, yet fresh; ending dry and is just delicious right now.' – James Pietersen (March 2019)

'This wine has a deep, intense ruby red colour. The nose is complex, rich and is punctuated by black cherries, ripe plums with warm notes of vanilla, mocha and cinnamon. The palate is velvety and creamy, well balanced by a delicious acidity and the finish continues for over 30 seconds. This wine is especially good with meats, cheeses or Mediterranean dishes.' – Winemaker

Viticulture:
The winter 2013/2014 has been very mild. At Thénac, the weather station recorded only one morning of frost, in December 2013. Winter and spring were rainy. Only June was particularly sunny, allowing the flowering to happen in the best conditions. July and August were cold (an August average of 18.5°C against the usual 22.0°C), resulting in a late ripening. The weather conditions were perfect in September and October, dry weather and mild temperatures, allowing the grapes to ripen perfectly and the harvest to happen under the best conditions.

Our first consignment is now sold-out, to purchase more please email james@winecellar.co.za. The next shipment will be arriving towards the end of May.

60% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Malbec

Fleur de Thénac is produced within spitting distance of Bordeaux in the neighbouring commune of Bergerac. Literally just over the Bordeaux AOC border, the region produces similar wines but at a fraction of the price. On release, the 2009 Fleur de Thénac was one of the most raved-about value wines and the 2014 is of the same ilk.

The 2014 Fleur de Thénac was produced by a dream team led by Denis Durantou, the magician of Château L'Église Clinet. Drinking so well right now – plump and sensuous with a fresh lift and a dry, moreish finish – this absolute bargain is more akin to Right Bank Bordeaux and has been called a ‘baby Pomerol’.

‘The owner has poured squillions into making the wine taste like a young Pomerol.’ – JancisRobinson.com

Château Thénac is one of those properties that punches well above its weight. They have invested millions into upgrades and kept only their best vineyards. While made in the image of Bordeaux, Bergerac wines are often softer and more approachable in their youth. This 2014 is hedonistic and ready to enjoy and the lesser status of this appellation ensures stunning value.

Tasting notes:
'A blend of 60% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Malbec. 2014 is a classic vintage with few challenges and similar in quality to Bordeaux. The wine has graphite, attractive oak and dark berry perfume. The plush dark cherry, plum and floral nose follows to the palate, with hints of vanilla and dark chocolate, rounded out by ripe tannins and a core of vibrant fruit. The sumptuous palate is juicy, yet fresh; ending dry and is just delicious right now.' – James Pietersen (March 2019)

'This wine has a deep, intense ruby red colour. The nose is complex, rich and is punctuated by black cherries, ripe plums with warm notes of vanilla, mocha and cinnamon. The palate is velvety and creamy, well balanced by a delicious acidity and the finish continues for over 30 seconds. This wine is especially good with meats, cheeses or Mediterranean dishes.' – Winemaker

Viticulture:
The winter 2013/2014 has been very mild. At Thénac, the weather station recorded only one morning of frost, in December 2013. Winter and spring were rainy. Only June was particularly sunny, allowing the flowering to happen in the best conditions. July and August were cold (an August average of 18.5°C against the usual 22.0°C), resulting in a late ripening. The weather conditions were perfect in September and October, dry weather and mild temperatures, allowing the grapes to ripen perfectly and the harvest to happen under the best conditions.

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Country

FR

Region

Bergerac

Style

Red

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