91 Points - Stuart McCloskey
Well-structured and concentrated with layers of fruit and an inner-core of minerality. Perhaps lacking the definition of the '99 but a delicious wine nonetheless. Drinking now.
Well-structured and concentrated with layers of fruit and an inner-core of minerality. Perhaps lacking the definition of the '99 but a delicious wine nonetheless. Drinking now .
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
I have been an admirer of the Pessac Léognan property, Château Fieuzal for many years, which is coming on leaps and bounds year-on-year due mainly to the huge investment from Irish owners Brenda and Lochlann Quinn who purchased the property back in 2001. The vineyard is now managed on a plot-by-plot basis. Essentially, this means that different grape varieties, grown in different parts of the vineyard, undergo tailored winemaking processes to avoid masking or muting their distinct flavours and aromas. In 2007 the Quinns hired a talented young winemaker to run the estate. Stephen Carrier (I spent a thoroughly enjoyable morning with him last year sampling many vintages) brought with him a blend of classic French winemaking skills and experience of New World techniques. As well as hiring Carrier, the Quinns brought well known Bordeaux winemaking consultant, Hubert de Bouärd, on board in 2006. Hubert is no stranger to us as we have been buying his Saint Emilion estate wine, Château Angélus since 2000. In addition, Hubert was the technical director behind our very own wine, Château Tour de Sarrail.
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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