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Living in an area that is dominated by the effects of the sea, the people of Bordeaux have always been drawn, mostly by necessity, to all things that are nautical. Shipyards dominate the coast and surfers flock to the Peninsula of Lege Cap-Ferret. The inland Gironde estuary attracts windsurfers thrilled by the winds and concurrent waves of the Mascaret. The Chaloupe, which graces our bottle, is a small sloop which, originally, was used to harvest the rich oysters, crab, and lobsters offshore. It is known currently as the craft-of-choice among the fashionable, young, vacationing gourmands who come to Bordeaux in search of the perfect day.
The 28 acres estate is planted to both vineyards and lush floral gardens. The wine produced from the vines is 66% Merlot for fruity roundness, 20% Carbernet Franc for structure, color and spice, and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon for lush cassis flavor and tannin. It is drinkable now or can be aged for 3-5 years.
In 2003, crop levels were very low, so the wines are very concentrated. With quantity low and quality very high, this is a rare bargain in an otherwise expensive vintage.
This wine pairs well with hearty stews, aged hard cheeses and all grilled meets.
Chateau Bellevue Claribes has been in the Sellier de Brugiere family since 1720.
The estate, located in Sainte Foy, half way between Saint Emilion and Monbazillac, has a rich oenological history manifesting itself in the limestone caves where Gallo-Romans stored wines made from vines planted in 235 B.C.
More recently, monks from a nearby abbey made wines to quench the thirst of peasants in the Middle Ages. The caves at the estate are used to this day.
A few extra appellations: Bourg & Blaye These two appellations are just across the Gironde river from the Haut-Medoc - a bit northwest of St-Émilion and its satellites. Bourg is the smaller appellation, nestled under the much bigger Blaye. Both have AC status, Cotes de Bourg AC and Cotes de Blaye AC. One step up on the AOC chain is the Premieres Cotes de Blaye AC, producing...Read More About Other Bordeaux
Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...Read More About Bordeaux Red Blends
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