Château Argadens Bordeaux Superieur, Entre deux Mers, Bordeaux, France, 2015
Grape variety, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, matured in Oak barrels for 12 months.
Clad in a beautiful hue of garnet, this wine has a rich, open bouquet that reveals intense aromas of ripe, concentrated black-berried fruit and elegant oak. The same impression of generous fruit is found on the powerful, rich and chewy palate, which is structured by taut, dense tannins and lingers to a long, ample and spicy finish.
The excellent terroir produces robust and soft fruited wines with concentration and balance. Argadens is one of the best Bordeaux Supérieur around.
"Ch Argadens is in St-André du Bois south east of Bordeaux, just across the Garonne from Langon (see this map). Ripe vintages such as 2015 (see this guide to our extensive coverage of this vintage) deliver real quality in less-favoured Bordeaux regions such as this, because the grapes have no trouble ripening – the usual problem in cooler or wetter vintages. This wine, as usual in the Entre-Deux-Mers, is made up mainly of early-ripening Merlot but with a good chunk of character-forming Cabernet too – 63% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. It's given a full year's ageing in small oak barrels, presumably those that have been used previously by smarter properties. The wine tastes as though there has been some pretty superior oak ageing. It's already hugely enjoyable with quite an intense nose and impressive ripeness but it finishes with the dry, savoury (not drying), lightly tannic, appetising finish that is typical of Bordeaux. This is a wine with a future – though obviously at this price not a long-term future. My suggested drinking window is 2018 to 2022. I gave this 13.5% wine a score of 16 out of 20 for what it's worth." Jancis Robinson
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