Your New House Claret - Chateau Carignan 2015

It is often said that Bordeaux does not offer value for money at the entry level end of the market. It’s certainly true that there are some pretty poor 'house claret' type wines available on the supermarket shelves that do the region no good at all.  But, at very modest prices, it is still possible to find excellent value at under £10 per bottle if you know where to look.

This is clearly the case with the only Bordeaux that Farr Vintners chooses to sell at this price level. At just £7 per bottle in bond (£11 inclusive of UK taxes) we believe that you won’t find a better value Bordeaux than this. So, last week we thought that we would put it to the toughest test of all.
 
Château Carignan 2015 was included in the great Southwold tasting where 20 of the UK’s leading critics and merchants (including 7 Masters of Wine) tasted their way through 264 of the top wines of Bordeaux in this very good vintage. This wine was by far the lowest priced in the entire tasting and it performed amazingly well. It finished second in its flight to Roc de Cambes (£570 per dozen) and came in above 96 other châteaux that all sell at much higher prices. We will spare the blushes of the château whose wine sells at £3,000 per dozen and finished 67 places lower! 
 
At £84 per dozen we are convinced that this is the best value red Bordeaux in the market today. It is in stock now and is also available in halves. 

Minimum order – 2 cases


2015 Chateau Carignan

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts GBP
Price
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Bordeaux2015CarignanHV71295.00cs91 JSAdd to Basket
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Bordeaux2015CarignanBT250084.00cs91 JSAdd to Basket
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Bordeaux2015CarignanMG43590.00cs91 JSAdd to Basket
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All prices exclude UK duty & VAT and all wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

Very floral and pretty with currant and violet character. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. I like the hazelnut and chocolate undertones to this. Drink in 2020.

91 points, James Suckling, February 2018

Tasted blind. Weak rim. Sweet black fruit on the nose. Headily ripe fruit and then rather drying tannins on the end – unintegrated. Some persistence – the bargain of this flight? VGV

15.5 + points, Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019

Tasted blind. A deep ruby in the glass, this wine has a bright nose of cherries, plums and a little blackcurrant with integrated sweet vanilla and savoury nutmeg in the background. The palate is soft, supple and polished with fine, ripe tannins framing a juicy core of plummy fruit. There are notes of toasted spices and smoky oak, but they are integrated into the fruit. Lifted notes of dried flowers add brightness and complexity on a pure and juicy finish.

16 points, Farr Vintners, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2019


Minimum order – 2 cases