Fleur de Thénac is produced within spitting distance of Bordeaux in the neighbouring commune of Bergerac. Literally just over the Bordeaux AOC border, the region produces similar wines but at a fraction of the price. On release, the 2009 Fleur de Thénac was one of the most raved-about value wines and the 2014 is of the same ilk.
The 2014 Fleur de Thénac was produced by a dream team led by Denis Durantou, the magician of Château L’Église Clinet. Drinking so well right now – plump and sensuous with a fresh lift and a dry, moreish finish – this absolute bargain is akin to Right Bank Bordeaux and has been called a ‘baby Pomerol’.
Fleur de Thénac, Bergerac 2014
A blend of 60% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Malbec. 2014 is a classic vintage with few challenges and similar in quality to Bordeaux. The wine has graphite, attractive oak and dark berry perfume. The plush dark cherry, plum and floral nose follows to the palate, with hints of vanilla and dark chocolate, rounded out by ripe tannins and a core of vibrant fruit. The sumptuous palate is juicy, yet fresh; ending dry and is just delicious right now. – James Pietersen (March 2019)