Chateau Maison Blanche 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
Dark, brilliant ruby-red color. Intense bouquet of morello cherry and blackberry, with subtle oak providing overtones of vanilla, spice, and toast. The palate reflects the aromatics on the nose. It is also full-bodied and powerful with tightly-knit, but velvety tannin. this confirms that 2009 Maison Blanche is indeed magnificent. Despite the abundant sunshine, the wine has retained a great deal of freshness and has a good long aftertaste and balance unequalled since 2004. While the wine is entirely dry, there is a lovely sensation of fruit and sweetness.
Wine Spectator - "Vibrant, with nicely packed raspberry, fig and blackberry fruit carried by mouthwatering acidity and well-embedded structure. Lots of anise, spice and tar frames the finish."
Chateau Maison Blanche Winery
Chateau Maison Blanche was already acknowledged as one of the finest crus bourgeois in the 19th century in the famous Cocks and Feret, the "Bordeaux Bible". Patrick Bouey acquired Chateau Maison Blanche at the same time as Chateau Lestruelle, in 1998. He was aware of the great potential of this terroir in the Northern Medoc and undertook a spectacular renovation of the estate. Furthermore, all vineyard operations - training, prunin, etc. - were updated in the interest of quality and respect for the environment. New temperature-controlled vats were also introduced to the Chateau. View all Chateau Maison Blanche Wines
Médoc is the region that encompasses the smaller appellations of Pauillac, Margaux, St.-Estèphe & St.-Julien. As a larger appellation, it contains many chateaux that are the same style of the smaller appellations, but at a smaller price. There are two regions of the Médoc – the Bas Médoc (or lower-Médoc) and the Haut Médoc (or upper-Médoc) – so given the names as the Bas Médoc is lower elevation (yet northern) and the Haut Médoc is higher elevation (but south of Bas Médoc). Most quality wines come from the Haut Médoc, although many wines carry just the appellation Médoc.
Notable FactsSituated in the Haut-Médoc, west of the river are the communes Listrac & Moulis. Between these two appellations and the river lie many Médoc chateaux producing delicious, Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines, often at a good value. Wines of the Médoc and Haut-Médoc appellation are less expensive, yet delicious, ways to experience the left bank of Bordeaux. Most are not as complex or age-worthy as those wines from the smaller communes along the riverbank, but many are great everyday wines, particularly suited for enjoying with food.
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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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