Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
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%.
This is Glen Carlou's signature red wine. Rich ruby red in color this wine has aromas of red cherry with hints of young black fruits and oak. Flavors of black cured cherries, with layers of dark chocolate and tobacco with spice. The tannins are beautifully proportioned with mild toasted almond.
Blend: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 16% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
"The 2009 Grand Classique is a blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 16% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc aged in new and used barrel for 18 months. It has a lifted bouquet of raspberry and dark plum aromas that needs to develop more complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet, kirsch-tinged entry. The acidity is very well entwined with the bright redcurrant and strawberry fruit that leads to a bright, vibrant finish. Perhaps not a long term Grand Classique, but this is well crafted."
The Wine Advocate
"Notes of cocoa and oak-derived spice add depth to the ripe, dark fruit core of this wine. Black berry, cherry and plum flavors abound on the plush palate, framed by firm tannins and a thick, supple texture. Gripping plum-skin and cigar-box notes linger long on the finish.
"Good full, dark red. Deep, vinous, claret-like aromas of cassis, black cherry, tobacco, mocha, earth and sexy oak. Silky on entry, then firm and bright in the middle, offering intense dark berry and chocolatey oak flavors complicated by a loamy nuance. A bit youthfully clenched but already shows insidious sweetness. Energetic and light on its feet, finishing with a serious tannic backbone. Obviously a very good vintage for this bottling, but this will need time. A lot of wine for the price.
International Wine Cellar
Quite a nice wine, excellent for everyday drinking. Have bought more and probably will again in the future.
Earthy & Spicy
Beef > Herbs
This is a wonderful well-crafted Bordeaux blend from the Paarl region of South Africa. Wonderful dark fruit with undertones of mocha and tobacco make this a wonderful wine. Great wine for the price.
Earth & Spicy
Glen!!! Big mineral and earth notes. Very different than your typical CA or French Cab. I really like the different presentation of flavors. Lots of character with almost no fruit maybe some really dark cherry or something along those lines. This wine was a very pleasant discovery and the best South African wine I've had so far.
Smooth & Supple
Excellent Soft Red Blended wine, easy on the palate, has a warm light finish, well balanced. Light in red color; enjoyable with any meat, cheese, or soak some fresh nectarines and peaches in it and oh my what a treat! This is easily and every day wine. Comparable to Torresella Nero D'Avoia 2010
Surprising, an all around wine with great balance.
Smooth & Supple
Good smooth red that mimics a Bordeaux
Agree with RP - simple but pleasant wine for daily consumptions that is properly priced
Falls short of classic South Africa blends. I found it a chore to drink, but drink it I did.
Never smoothed out, a little harsh at first, let it breathe and still a bit harsh.
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Glen Carlou was established in 1985, and since 2003, Glen Carlou has been solely owned and operated by Hess Family Estates. Glen Carlou is located in the picturesque Paarl Valley in the Cape Winelands in South Africa. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. An exciting variety of slopes and the riches of their soils create unique winegrowing conditions, while judicious vineyard practices ensure the cultivation of healthy flavorsome grapes reflecting the inherent characteristics of their terroir.
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the quality aspect.
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