Chateau La Couspaude 2003
Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Blend: 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
The Wine Advocate - "A deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by sweet, intense aromas of raspberries, black cherry liqueur, licorice, and spicy oak. Full-bodied and fleshy, with the wealth of fruit and extract hiding moderately high tannin, it reveals low acidity and 13.5% alcohol. This 17-acre vineyard owned by Jean-Claude Aubert continues to fashion modern-styled, flashy clarets that are blends of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard fared well in 2003 since it sits on clay and limestone soils. Yields were a low 35 hectoliters per hectare. As a postscript, I had this wine on four separate occasions. At one tasting, I rated it (91-93), noting it was the finest Couspaude I had tasted, with a personality reminiscent of a big 1990 St.-Emilion. It should drink well for 10-15 years. 91-93 points."
Wine Spectator - "Aromas of blackberry, chocolate and toasted oak follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a long, caressing finish. Refined and silky for the vintage. Best after 2007. 3,330 cases made. –JS "
Chateau La Couspaude Winery
Chateau La Couspaude is located in the heart of Saint Emilion, near the famous monolithic church carved out of solid rock. La Couspaude has been the pride and joy of the Aubert family for over a century. In fact, the Auberts have been making fine wine in Bordeaux for over two centuries and have unquestionably maintained the family tradition of quality and respect for the terroir to the present day. View all Chateau La Couspaude Wines
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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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%.
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