Chateau Vieux Maillet 2005
Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
The vineyards of Vieux Maillet are 30 years old on average and are made up of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Isabelle, Baudoin and their team carefully look after their vineyards during the growing season, pulling leaves and thinning the clusters if necessary to make sure that each bunch gets the sunlight and air it needs to ripen and stay healthy.
Harvest, the moment when a whole year's work is consecrated, usually begins in late September after the "Ban des Vendanges" is declared (the official decree allowing picking to begin). All the grapes are picked by hand and meticulously sorted in the vineyard so that nothing but the most ripe and most healthy of grapes enters the chai. Fermentation takes place in traditional cement tanks that are equipped for temperature control. Fermentation and maceration continue for around 15 days, with frequent "remontages" or pumping over. The wine is then aged in oak barrels between 18 and 24 months before bottling.
Wine Spectator - "Shows aromas of toasty oak, white pepper and ripe fruit. Turns to coffee and dried flowers. Full-bodied, round and soft, with a velvety texture and a long finish. A pretty wine. Best after 2012. 1,250 cases made."
Chateau Vieux Maillet Winery
Château Vieux Maillet is situated on the east side of the plateau of Pomerol. Isabelle and Baudoin Motte, owner since 1994, sold the château in 2004. In 2005, a new technical staff was set up and in 2006, was undertaken the renovation of the cellars and restructuring of the vineyard. Grape-varieties: Merlot 90 %, Cabernet Franc 10 %. View all Chateau Vieux Maillet Wines
It's a tiny region, and it has no classification system. But the wines produced from Pomerol can be sensuous and life-changing. Here lies Chateau Pétrus, one of the most expensive and sought-after wines of the world – many vintages commanding prices higher than the first-growth chateaux of the Médoc. The area is all vines, with no real town center, just roads connecting the lands and small, farmhouse style chateaux.
Soils in the area are primarily gravel based, intermittent with a clay subsoil, which is a factor in the rich flavors of the wines. Like its right bank neighbors, Pomerol sticks mainly to Merlot, with at least 2/3 of the land under vine growing the variety. Cabernet Franc makes up most of the remainder, with some Cabernet Sauvignon and a spot or two of Malbec. Vines are old and yields are extremely low – add those factors to the soil, and it's a recipe for an elegant, distinctive wine, with typical descriptors of intense aromas, ripe fruits and supple tannins. Quality can be vintage-dependent - in a good vintage, expect melt-in-your-mouth wine.
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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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 & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.