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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.
Year after year, the wine is always a deep color. Larteau offers the pure fruit of Merlot picked when perfectly ripe. A wine full of charm and elegance, with superb silkiness. Luxurious maturing in new wood adds further complexity. In the style of today's great Bordeaux, Chateau Larteau drunk when it is young and full of fruit. Its density and quality enables it to be kept for five to ten years.
Chateau Larteau's wine adventure began in the late eighteenth century. Under the stewardship of the Beylots, a wealthy family of merchants based in Libourne, the chateau gained an impressive reputation that reached its peak in the 1900s. Larteau remained in their hands for nearly two centuries.
Jean-Pierre Angliviel de la Beaumelle, whose family has been established for...Read More About Chateau Larteau
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
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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