The Irish Bordeaux Connection Twin
Wine estates with a connection to Ireland are known as ‘The Irish Wine Geese’, an adaptation of the term ‘Wild Geese’. This term originally referred specifically to soldiers who fled Ireland to France after the Battle of the Boyne. It then came to be used more broadly to refer to any Irish people who emigrated during the 16th -18th centuries. The term ‘Wine Geese’ evolved later to refer to the Irish emigrants who over the centuries have become involved in the wine trade, most notably in Bordeaux in France but more recently all over the world. Two of these most revered Estates in Bordeaux are Chateau Leoville Barton and Chateau Lynch Bages. This gift celebrates Irish roots in the most prestigious wine region of them all.
The two wines here are referred to as a super seconds. Wines in this category are usually made from younger vines which will give you a wine that drinks earlier than the Grand Vin and it won't have the longevity, but what you will get is a wine that is a lot less expensive that is approachable much earlier.
La Reserve De Leoville Barton 2014 St julien, Bordeaux, France
This wine is only reaching early maturity now in 2020, It has all the hallmarks of its big Brother.
Great concentration of blackberry,cherry fruit with a spicy, smokey quality and a mint toffee note on the finish.
To sum this wine up in a sentence, we would say that La Reserve De Leoville Barton is balanced,incredibly well made good value wine to have with food.
I would decant this for at least 2 hours before drinking .
Food pairing: Roast leg of lamb, grilled beef and vegetarian dishes using earthy flavours such as mushrooms.
Echo De Lynch Bages 2012-Pauillac-Bordeaux, France
Much Like the St julien, this is now drinking beautifully, all of the initial young fruit and big tannins have now moved on and are now balanced and refined.
On the nose this wine will reveal a smokey, berry character followed by plum, cherry and toffee.
On the palate you will notice that the concentration of fruit is immense and the balance of fruit, tannin and acidity is superb.
Food Pairing: Match this with exactly the same foods as the previous wine.