Clos Bonnefare Bergerac 2016

Traditional Price €30
WineSpark Price €17.95
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Wine fairs are not for the faint hearted. Your calendar is stacked back-to-back. You’re tasting 50-100 wines per day. There’s no time to get to know people amongst the hustle.

And then sometimes, rarely even, a wine turns up by surprise, and stuns you.

This is what happened when I tasted this wine.

I met a friend, who runs a wine club in France, at her stand to taste wine from a Rhone producer. Before I left, I asked one question:

‘If there’s one wine here that I can’t leave without tasting, what would that be?’

She produced a bottle with a striking, colourful label. One sniff and I was blown away already. The intense cassis and wild herb on the nose had me drooling. And then the taste - dark, juicy, powerful… just how I like my big reds.

Francois used to be a filmmaker, until 1997 when he decided to change career and became a winemaker.

He gained experience in Burgundy, Oregon and New Zealand, before buying a small vineyard in Bergerac in 2011.

The wine doesn’t taste of classic Bordeaux or Bergerac - and it turns out that this experience working with Pinot Noir is what influences his style.

It’s a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The vineyards sit on flinty-clay soil which gives a lot of freshness in the grapes. He then works the wine in a Burgundian way - picking early and fermenting in open-top tanks.

Give it a try and hopefully you’ll be as blown away as I was!

Wine type Red
Grape(s) 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Malbec
Country France
Region of origin South West
Appellation AOP Bergerac
Vintage 2016
Alcohol % 13.5
Oak? Yes
Months in Oak 10
Type of Oak French oak
Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) None
Average age of vines 25 years
Average altitude of vines (m) 80
Soil type(s) Siliceous clay with presence of flint
Closure Type Cork
Is this wine organic? Conversion 1st year
Biodynamic? No
Sustainably produced? Yes
Suitable for vegans? No
Ageing potential 10 years
Ideal drinking window 2022-2025
Grilled meats (lamb, pork, tuna steak), Shepherd's pie, lasagna, meat pie, osso-buco

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Declan (Dublin)

A lovely bottle - great value!

Spot on Declan! Thanks for the great review

Eoin Keaveny (Dublin)
Serious wine lovely Bergerac

Huge dark berry and thyme hints on the nose, tones of coffee, leather and damsons, with big mouthfeel and good tannin so will keep for a few years and be even better again!

Gill (Dublin)
Best red I have tasted for a long time

This wine packs a punch. Incredible smoothness, a gorgeous red. Like previous reviewer said it was a delight to drink!

Orla FitzGerald (Dublin)

Deliciously smooth and a delight to drink, I enjoyed it with cheese and olives and chats!

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