Ch. Faizeau Montagne Vielles Vignes 2003
Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
The Wine Advocate - "This top-flight estate, run by Dr. Alain Raynaud’s (of Quinault l’Enclos) sister, may be the finest vineyard in Montagne-St.-Emilion. It consists of 25 acres of old vine Merlot planted on a limestone/sand plateau. The average age of the vines is 50 years, although some were planted in 1904. The 2003 reveals figs, overripe black cherries, black fruits, scorched earth, and smoke characteristics along with marvelous fat and density. It is an up-front, in-your-face style of wine to drink over the next 5-8 years."
Wine Spectator - "Beautiful plum and berry aromas here, verging on jammy. Full, soft yet chewy. Lots going on here. Big wine and slightly rustic. Best after 2009."
International Wine Cellar - "Good bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of red berries, licorice and earth; avoids the exotic excesses of this vintage on the right bank. Fat, rich and sweet, with hints of superripe berries, smoke, truffle and earth. Juicy, not at all flat. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins."
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About St-EmilionView a map of St-Emilion wineries (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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4 ratings, 3 with reviews29/8/2010Either I got a flawed bottle or this has very much passed its prime.smarthur - Fairbanks, AK42/12/201149/30/2010I'm trying to understand the Bored Doe wines. Left coast and Aussie wines have been my staple. I shared this with a friend and we both thought it was a good example of St. Emilion wine. Softer fruit than a California merlot and much more terrior in the flavor. The finish was a little shorter than I would like. But at the price, I put a few bottles in the cellar.weichao du - Hayward, CA111/2/2010not good
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.
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