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Sample Saint-Émilion Grands Crus Classés from the 2010 Vintage

More 2010 Bordeaux! This Saturday we’re opening two bottles, both Grands Crus Classés from well-known Châteaux in Saint-Émilion. Predominately Merlot, these wines are supple and offer drinkability across a broader window of time. Think about pouring these while you’re waiting on some of that Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux to mature. Special pricing will be offered for the day only.

fombrauge2010 Château Fombrauge

Chateau Fombrauge covers over 128 acres and is planted with vines averaging 30 years of age that grow from blends of clay, limestone and sandstone. Sorted fruit is fermented in large oak tanks and then transferred to French oak barrels (50% new) to age an average of 16 to 18 months, depending on the vintage. 2010 grapes were picked late in the season and produced a ripe and generous wine in a modern style. 80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. 91 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

monbosquet2010 Château Monbousquet

Château Monbousquet traces its history all the way back to 1540 but its modern era began with a jump in quality in 1993 when it was purchased by Gérard Perse of Château Pavie fame. The entire 79 acre vineyard was analyzed and drained and the winemaking facilities rebuilt. Today, the 40 year old vines see less water during prolonged wet spells. Perse gets the most he can out of sand, clay and gravel soils. Modest yields in 2010 produced a full-bodied blend of 70% Merlot and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc with some Cabernet Sauvignon all aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for an average of 20 months. 93 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

 

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Posted on 2013.04.26 in Bordeaux, France, Saturday Sips

 

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