The Haut-Medoc appellation is situated on the left bank of the Gironde, sandwiched between the river and the ocean. Chateau Reysson Reserve du Chateau provided a blend of Merlot (60) and Cabernet Sauvignon (40). Deep red although again not the best tasting glass, it smells of stewed damsons and plums. It’s dry on the palate and rhubarbs join the rich oakiness. It’ well balanced and I’d certainly buy a bottle to go with a Sunday roast.
The appellation Saint-Emilion lies to the east, along the Dordogne. Vieux Chateau Les Jouans provides a blend of Merlot (85) and Cabernet Sauvignon (15). Rich, dark and spicy. To taste: a delightful blend of dark fruits and mint. The tannins are evident but not over powering.