2016 Château Bonnin ‘La Fleur Blanchon’ Lussac-Saint-Émilion,
95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon hand harvested from 20-year old vines, undergoes a lengthy fermentation in thermal regulated vats, and is aged in concrete. 2016 was a spectacular vintage in Bordeaux and so even entry-level wines are drinking incredibly now.
The wine shows bright intense aromas of cherry, blackcurrant and blackberry. With some aeration, notes of smoke, cocoa and spice emerge. The tannins are fairly soft and fine. Its concentrated black cherry and ripe plum flavors generously come forward and its richness is surprising. This light red wine makes a great partner to grilled red meats, rillettes and hard cheeses. This is Grand Cru quality Bordeaux at modest prices!
About Château Bonnin
Husband and wife team Patricia and Phillipe Bonnin purchased the 9 hectare estate in 1997. The scale of the operation enables Bonnin to be handcrafted from harvest to barrel-ageing. The vineyards are an average age of 20 years and are planted on chalk and clay soils.
The Lussac Saint-Emilion appellation is found to the north of the hill of Saint-Emilion. The first vineyard to be designated a World Heritage Site, the region is full of charm, with prestigious historic houses and Romanesque churches dominating its many hillsides. The vineyard is planted on hillsides, plateaux and at the foot of the slopes. The soil can be Perigord sand or clay-limestone, producing wines which can be enjoyed young as well as those designed for long ageing.