Tasting note: Lovely dense and yet approachable red with a flavoursome mix of ripe berry and savoury characters. The wine has a geat structure and excellent length. (08-May-2004) [Bob Campbell]
Average Price of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD: $44
|La Revue du Vin de France||17/20|
A Bordeaux Blend, at its most basic, is any combination of those grape varieties typically used to make the red wines of Bordeaux. The phrase, which seems to have originated with British wine merchants in the 19th Century, relates as much to wines made from the blend as to the grape variety combination itself (© Copyright material, Wine-Searcher.com). Far from being an officially defined or legal term, it is almost never used for wine-labeling purposes (although it occasionally appears on back labels). Its equivalent in the United States is Meritage, which is not only legally defined, but also a registered trademark....more
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru wines are produced under slightly tighter production restrictions than regular Saint-Emilion wines. As with other Grand Cru appellations, the intention behind this is to improve the quality, and to distinguish the area's finer wines from the more everyday wines.
There are four key differences between the production restrictions for Saint-Emilion wines, and those for Saint-Emilion Grand Cru wines. First, the vineyard yield is restricted to 8,000kg per hectare rather than 9,000 (which translates to 55 hL per hectare rather than 65). Second, the grapes (with the significant exception of Merlot) must be harvested with a must weight of at least 189 grams of sugar per liter rather than 180. Third, the finished wine must reach a min ...more
Saint-Emilion is a key wine town in the Libournais district of Bordeaux, important in terms of both quality and quantity. It lies just a few miles north of the Dordogne, in the final stages of the river's journey from the hills of the Massif Central hills to the Gironde estuary. The town is renowned as much fo...more
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