Wednesday, 29 October 2008

New Wines for Christmas – Le Roc du Château Pellebouc

Nick has discovered some fantastic new wines for Christmas when he was last in Bordeaux and they are arriving the first week in November. Le Roc du Château Pellebouc is a real find! He came across this smooth, rounded wine whilst at the 2007 tastings in Bordeaux and was determined to bring some back to the UK. Little did he know that he had chosen a wine that had been awarded the Gold Medal in Paris! I am not surprised – it's a superb wine. If you would like to know more check out Nick's Blog: Discovering Le Roc du Château Pellebouc.

Le Roc du Château Pellebouc is a red wine principally made from the merlot grape (90%) for its roundness and balance, with a hint of cabernet sauvignon (10%) to add to the body. It has a deep, intense purple colour, with a scent of red fruits and spicier notes. In the mouth, it is quite powerful in terms of both roundness and balance. It will delight the palates of wine-lovers looking for a heavy, balanced, fruity wine.

Château Pellebouc is owned by Pascale and Baudouin Thienpont who bought the château in 2006 on the recommendation of Nicolas Thienpont. The Thienpont family have 5 generations of Bordealise wine making tradition behind them. They came to Bordeaux from Eastern Flanders in 1842 and have been in the wine business for centuries as both château owners and negotiants. They own Château Vieux Certan and Le Pin are in Thienpont family's hand today and Nicholas Thienpont manages several other top flight châteaux in Bordeaux – amongst them are Châteaux Pavie Macquin and Bellvue.

Le Roc du Château Pellebouc goes well with both beef and lamb as well as pork and chicken – why not visit the Recipes at Bordeaux-Undiscovered to discover some great food and wine pairing ideas for this wine?

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