Chateau Puy Blanquet (Futures Pre-Sale) 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Wine Enthusiast - "Powerful, but smooth, with ripe milk chocolate and sweetness. Very velvet in texture, with just enough acidity.
Barrel Sample: 89-91 Points "
International Wine Cellar - "Good medium ruby. Enticing floral aromas of raspberry, fresh red plum and sweet oak. Creamy-rich and silky, with good generosity to the red fruit flavors. Finishes with civilized tannins, a trace of warmth, and a lingering note of cassis. Not the last word in complexity but I find this hard to resist. The best Puy-Blanquet I can recall at this stage of development.
Barrel Sample: 87-89 Points "
Chateau Puy Blanquet Winery
Chateau Puy Blanquet is owned by the Jacquet family. The wine making, vineyard management and sales are all managed by Ets. Moueix. The 20 hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Puy Blanquet is planted to 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines are on average, 25 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 5,000 vines per hectare. The vineyard has a terroir of clay and limestone soils. View all Chateau Puy Blanquet Wines
About St-Emilion(saint eh-meel-YOHN)
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 regionsWhen 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.
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