Just because the Bas-Médoc region of Bordeaux sits to the north of the larger and more prestigious Haut-Médoc, doesn’t mean fantastic wines aren’t to be found there. If anything far better wines can be found at a lower price point than from the south, as this wonderfully earthy, inky, complex wine shows. It has a deep ruby colour in the glass with a garnet/tawny rim showing its age. On the palate there are stewed black fruits (black cherry, Blackcurrant), earthy graphite/pencil lead minerality, tobacco leaf and savory bell pepper aromas; fine grained integrated tannins with Morello cherry, blackcurrant and liquorish on the palate, leading to a long complex finish laced with short crust pastry and other developing characteristics. This is drinking well now with room for a bit of development still to come, yet mature for all of that, displaying all the hallmarks of good claret. £12.99 a bottle from Majestic Wines.