I was really impressed by this pair of Christmas Clarets, currently available for £16.99 from The Co-op. It’s two vintages of Chateau Senejac. I tried the 2009 last year and rated it highly. This time round, I have a slight preference for 2008, which is a bit more structured and classical. If you like the riper fruit profile, then you may prefer 2009, but they are both really good wines for the money.
Chateau Senejac 2009 Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
13.5% alcohol. Ripe, sweet blackcurrant fruit with a green, slightly leafy edge. There are some herby notes and some bright cherry and berry fruit. Supple, ripe and attractive. Showing a mix of sweetness and greenness that a bottle consumed last year didn’t. 88/100
Chateau Senejac 2008 Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
13% alcohol. Fresh, gravelly, sweet leafy blackcurrant and blackberry fruit. Nice savoury grip as well as ripe fruit. Proper Claret showing good concentration, and drinking very well now. 90/100