Tour de Belfort's Grand Vin
I've been a fan of Eugene Lismonde's Tour de Belfort wines since I first tried them - they are superbly well made, with a combination of elegance, complexity and southern warmth.
The Grands Vins have always struck me as way too young to drink and, although I had been drawing out a case, the time had come to try the last one.
At six years old, it is still youthful and the only signs of age are that it does not require extensive aeration even to start opening up.
Youthful, primary and really only just ready for drinking now, it still has years ahead of it. And 2011 was not even a particularly good year in France.
Tour de Belfort Malbec Grand Vin 2011 dark plum, elderberry and black cherry fruit with pencil shavings, spice and freshness; inky and supple with excellent underpinnings and absolutely no rough edges - this is wine-making of the highest order. Youthful, vibrant and energetic.