Château de Sours Rosé 2015
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Our early bird offer
75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12.5% ABV
Slightly deeper pink than in the past few vintages, yet still alluringly pale, leading to a gorgeous nose of creamy fruit – redcurrants, strawberries – with some lovely fresh leafy notes too, going to a similarly vibrant palate of soft red berry fruit with light balancing acidity and a lovely, smooth, supple finish. Possibly the best vintage in recent years.
£ per case
£ per bottle
|Per case of||12 x 75cl||Bottles||1-4 case rate||£107.28||(£8.94)|
|Per case of||12 x 75cl||Bottles||5-9 case rate||£103.68||(£8.64)|
|Per case of||12 x 75cl||Bottles||10+ case rate||£102.00||(£8.50)|
|Per case of||6 x 150cl||Magnums||£109.50|
|Per case of||1 x 300cl||Double Magnum||£62.00|
|Per case of||1 x 600cl||Imperial||£110.00|
Bottles are sealed with a practical stelvin (screwcap) seal. Magnums, double magnums and imperials have corks, with the latter two being hand-sealed with wax and presented in a wooden box. Double magnums and imperials will not be available for purchase after this offer closes.
There is no doubt that Rosé, once the preserve of sunny days and foreign holidays, is now a year-round wine in much the same way as white and red wine, and it is being taken more seriously as a result. That, however, should in no way detract from our fabulously generous, marginally frivolous, annual early-bird offer for Château de Sours’ new vintage when the Château gives us a special introductory price to kick start the year’s business. With this advantage, we can ship before The Chancellor has an opportunity to increase the rate of Duty and everyone is happy – what’s not to like? Last year Duty remained unchanged – a cynic would note that The Budget fell close to polling day – and it is probably too much to hope that it will remain the same for a third consecutive year so, once again, this offer will close in the first week of March, in order to ship and clear wines through Customs in good time.
2015 in Bordeaux was an exceptional vintage, with a growing season which ticked all the right boxes. It was a year when soils really mattered – those with cool limestone or clay benefitted from their water-retaining abilities to counteract the summer heat, whilst those on free draining sand and gravel had a harder time of it. Some of Château de Sours’ vineyards are on a limestone outcrop with a labyrinth of cool caves underneath, through which the vine roots grow, whilst others have a high proportion of clay.
An early start to the season saw an even growth cycle, with flowering done and dusted rapidly and well, the good fruit-set presaging a regular if not massive harvest to come. Sunny weather throughout June and July was accompanied by cool nights and early mornings, refreshing the vines from the daytime heat, with a little rain in early August replenishing the sorely depleted water stocks and stopping the vines from shutting down. Although August was hot, the nights remained relatively fresh and the fruit continued to develop apace, with the Merlot harvest starting on 3rd September and the Cabernets following on the 9th, around a week earlier than usual.
After a pure Merlot offering last year, the 2015 has reverted to a more classic de Sours blend, giving lovely red fruit flavours, warm and full bodied yet only 12.5% alcohol. Martin Krajewski has deliberately reduced the amount of Rosé produced to further enhance the quality, and the concentration and depth really show through in the final wine.
Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW
Delivery is FREE within mainland UK on all orders of two cases or more (24 bottles or equiv.) to be ordered by 4th March 2016. Please ask us for a bespoke quotation for other delivery destinations. All single case, double magnum and imperial deliveries will be charged at £15 inc. VAT per case/unit. Please visit www.privatecellar.co.uk for our terms & conditions.
Offer closes on Friday 4th March 2016 in order to ship prior to The Budget and delivery will be made at the end of March. E&OE.