|Château La Fleur Plaisance (France)
St Emilion Grand Cru 2000
Lovely Bordeaux from the superb 2000 vintage. 90% merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in 70% new oak barrels, adding a toasty, vanillin note to smooth, chocolate-coated berry fruit. This has a fine, fleshy mouthfeel with quite full body and plenty of berries and ripe, glossy black fruit. This is a voluptuous yet balanced style of claret for drinking over the next five to ten years. Why not tuck away half a case of this and half a case of Louis Latour's fine, creamy, elegant Burgundy, the Marsannay 1999 at £7.49? The dozen will cost you £116, but delivery is free and the UK.