The OLD BRIDGE
The OLD BRIDGE Wine Shop
At every price level, an outstanding selection of wines chosen by John Hoskins MW
SERIOUS, DRY REDS
2014 DOMAINE VALMENGAUX. Bordeaux Organic
"maine de Valmengaux is the brainchild of musician-cum-winemaker Vincent Rapin. Based in the town of Vérac – between Pomerol and St Emilion, the domaine is certified organic and uses biodynamic techniques. The vineyard is run, as Vincent puts it, on “common sense and pre-pesticide practices”, with only natural treatments being used and complex co-planting of other species in between the vines to promote their health.
In his custom-made winery, Vincent is moving toward the use of less oak and has been investing instead in 12-hectolitre Stockinger barrels and amphorae, vessels which he feels allow the wine to express its true character. The grapes are hand-harvested, only natural yeasts are used and Vincent does not use SO2, but instead favours a polyphenol liquid which is also organic.
The wines show a lightness of touch, elegance and – in our view – a touch of mystery. This exciting new producer is challenging the traditional methods and wine styles associated with Bordeaux and is most certainly on the up."
£19.95 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£18.90 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles
10% discount on mixed cases of 12.