We’ve long championed Bordeaux’s petits châteaux – wines from small-scale, family estates that don’t get the attention of the collectors. Outside of the famous names, most Bordeaux ‘châteaux’ (often family homes rather than grand châteaux!) are run by down-to earth families like fourth generation winemakers Nathalie and Bruno Ballet at Château Haut-Branda. This is from their delicious 2017 vintage – a year of elegant, supple reds that will appeal to those of you who enjoy classically-styled claret. Made mainly from Merlot and unoaked, it’s very soft and rounded with lots of fresh red berry fruit.