Château Goubau 2015 (Red, Organic)
Belgians Stéphane and Béatrice Goubau had a grand vision for their small vineyard in Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux. Rising to the highest point of the Bordeaux region at 100 metres on the Saint Philippe d'Aiguilhe, just on the tip of the plateau, they found a land so magical they knew they had to protect it. With a varied and rich biotope along with clay and chalk subsoil optimising water flow, they grew their grape vines so that their roots would stay cool in the heat as well as grow resistant to drought. They laboured so that there would be no need for artificial fertilisers nor pesticides. They loved the land so that it loved them in return.
No more of these will be produced in their name as the Château was sold to the famous Thienpont family who were completely charmed by it and have renamed it L'Hêtre (Beech Tree) to match their other properties Le Pin (Pine Tree) and L'If (Yew Tree).
In your bottle is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc aged for a long 18 months in new oak barrels to mellow out the wine and give it superb complexity. Jancis Robinson gave her nod of approval, remarking on its "masses of ripe fruit on the nose, good confident scent" At the time that she drank it she suggested drinking it from 2017 onwards and "amaze your friends" with it. Lastly, note the European Union (EU) organic label in the shape of a leaf. Look out for that in wine labels if you are concerned about how your wine is made.
Enjoy these last few bottles of history, a testament to what can be when you are honoured to be able to put your name on your work.