Dourthe Reserve Montagne Saint-Emilion 2011

Respectable and reliable Bordeaux House, Dourthe, have created the ideal table red wine.

This 2011 I purchased a while ago and thought it tasted just a touch immature, with the tannins needing to soften a little. I understand the main crop of Dourthe Reserve widely available is the 2013, which I would suggest buying (it is ever-so-slightly a kinder vintage) and cellaring until mid 2016.

Back to the 2011 Dourthe Reserve, it has become a superb table wine. Excellent with a broad range of food, soft – but not imposing – fruit, good length; those oaky notes have transformed into smooth vanilla.

The colour is deep and rich looking, now moving closer to garnet after cellaring, but the wine remains the same medium-full claret in the mouthfeel.

My main criticism of this particular wine is that it just doesn’t have any star factor, it is a – bluntly – simple, tasty classic Bordeaux blend. And, similarly, is better suited to more simple food, too…

You can buy the 2013 in the UK from Waitrose Cellar (£11.49, 75cl, June 2015), or have a look on the net for an older vintage.


Serve with…

…bread and cheese; Italian cuisine. Not enough oomph for most French cuisine, instead a good match with pasta dishes or as an aperitif served with bread and cheese.

BFW Rating


Smooth, very enjoyable claret that ticks all the boxes as a decent table red wine.


Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Bordeaux, France




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