91pts, James Suckling
Plenty of ripe red plum and blackberry fruits lead to a palate with smooth, smartly arranged tannins that craft a seamless, mid-weight impression with attractive freshness. Try around 2021.

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Bordeaux Blend
  • APPELLATION
    Haut Medoc, Bordeaux
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    60 % Merlot, 25 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 % Petit Verdot, 5% Cab Franc

Ahh, 2015 Bordeaux, how we love thee for thy structure, beautiful fruit and lovely tannins – you are near perfect, yes, yes you are! And while you could spend oodles of dollars on high profile offerings that will be stunning (yes, we want those too, we're working on it...), we've scrounged around to find the deals that don't require a dip into your child's college fund to purchase.

Located in the Listrac commune in Médoc, Château Bibian is one of the oldest and most renowned properties in the area despite its fancy neighbors. And why you might ask have we, adoring wine consumers haven't heard much about them? Well, they're small, and we love small because they can offer classed growth quality at a fraction of the price, and what's better than that?

This modern-styled, lush Bordeaux, and a 91-pointer to boot, has a lovely, fine, soft texture with wonderful grip and balance of power and freshness. It has deep blue fruits, red plum, nicely integrated baking spice and a touch of sarsparilla (think root beer). Yum, yum, YUM. Get it while its hottt.

TASTING NOTES 

Deep blue fruits, red plum, nicely integrated baking spice and a touch of sarsparilla (think root beer). Soft texture with wonderful grip and balance of power and freshness.

THE STORY TO KNOW

In 1857, Pierre Bibian brought together the vineyard that he inherited from his father. In 1932, Château Bibian was classified Cru Bourgeois Supérieur and changed hands in 1999: it was taken over by Alain Meyre, winegrower in Listrac and owner of Château Cap Léon Veyrin. Thanks to the help of his two children, he has breathed new life into the property and has produced wines typical to Haut-Médoc, with strength and elegance, harmony and a touch of modernism.

The 20-hectare vineyard stretches over the whole appellation, thus enjoying the various soil types of the Listrac Médoc terroirs.
Composed mostly of old vines (40 years), this wine shows the typical character of the greatest wines of the appellations.

Nathalie and Julien manage this property together, marrying traditional methods with modern techniques.