Chateau La Rose Brisson St-Emilion Grand Cru 2006
Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Fine elegant fruit on the nose giving way to firm velvety fruit on the palate. Wonderful structure and lingering classy finish.
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Chateau La Rose Brisson Winery
Chateau La Rose Brisson, in Vignonet near Saint-Emilion, is owned by Martine Galhaud. This is a beautiful vineyard in the plains of 6 hectares planted mainly with Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon on sandy-gravelly soils and deep sands. Winemaker Pascal Poussevin combines knowledge and tradition to develop a wine of great breed.
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Medieval Village, Modern Wine
A region named after the charming, quaint historical town in Bordeaux, St-Émilion is situated on the right bank of Bordeaux. It's grapes of choice are Merlot and Cabernet Franc (called Bouchet on the right bank). The region has its own classification system, updated and revised every few years. Two of the hottest chateaux of the area (and the only Premier Grand Cru Classé A) are Chateau Ausone and Chateau Cheval Blanc.
St.-Émilion produces the most wine on the right bank of Bordeaux. As most of its wine is based primarily on Merlot, St-Emilion wines are described as having finesse and elegance. The best wine of the region can last upward of 10-20 years, like a good left-banker, but many find that the wines here matuer earlier than those based on Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils in the area differ greatly, from gravel to limestone to clay and sand. As a result, the wines of this region are diverse. Quality wines display silky tannins and ripe, soft fruit – the higher quality wine showing full-bodied texture and layers of complexity.
About France - Other regions
When it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and
Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
11 ratings, 7 with reviews
I must say - I gues I should stick to the lower priced Bordeaux. This is one of the best i have ever had. Juicy, fuity goodness with a hint of spice! Delish! : )
Nice fruit on the nose and palate. Nice tannins. I watched the accompanying video, very informative.
very bold flavor. would be great with any red meat or by itself after a long day
Not very enjoyable. Hardly any fruit on the nose, mostly a musky BO smell. Alcohol is overpowering, there is no balance to this wine at all. Hard to believe this is classified a Grand Cru
Really liked this one and was able to get it for under $18. Has a decent amount of character for an under $20 bottle from Bordeaux. Went very well with a brisket we made. Will definitely get this one again when the on sale.
- Smooth & Supple
The previous drinker must have got a bad bottle because ours was gorgeous. While not a shining example of complexity, this wine was perfectly delicious. Deep cherry and a hint of vanilla on the nose echoed again in the mouth. I found our Chateau La Rose to be a stand-up expression of right bank merlot, silky and rich textures combined with well balanced fruit and not too much alcohol. Hooray! For our dinner, everyone was pleased whether sipping it alone, with bread and cheese or taking it to the plate of broiled salmon over risotto. Again, I can't say I was overly wowed by the Grand Cru, but for the price, not one complaint here. In fact, I just ordered three more bottles.
When I saw a Grand Cru level St. Emilion at a relatively inexpensive price, I just had to try it. There is a reason that it sells for around $20, its not very good. I admit that I tasted this right after opening, and did not let it open up, but still the overall result was disappointing. While the nose was pleasant enough, the taste was harsh, almost bitter, and just not enjoyable at all. I probably could have let it open up for awhile and tried it again, but my first try was so unpleasant, I poured the bottle out. Glad I tried it (expirementation is good), but I will go back to the better known Chateaus for my St. Emilion's.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.