Chateau Senilhac Haut-Medoc 2003
Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
Keeping with the tradition of Bordeaux's left bank, this wine is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has an intense ruby red color and resembles a more traditional Bordeaux style with strong tannin structure that will enable good aging. The nose displays black currants and mint. Good fruit balance on the palate along with herb and spice character. This is a powerful yet seductive Bordeaux. It's a young wine so it will benefit from decanting first. A great steak wine! Blend: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc.
Château Senilhac Winery
Located a few miles from St. Estephe, Château Sénilhac was already a large estate at the end of the 19th century. In 1938, The Grassin family purchased Château Sénilhac with only 10 acres planted. The present owner, Michel Grassin, inherited the estate in 1972 and planted 50 acres in one unbroken lot and constructed a new cellar in the old building.
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(MEH-dok) Mecca of Wine
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 Facts Situated 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 regions
When 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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Wow, you know I usually do not buy wines under $20.00 just way too much bad luck, but I decided to give this one a try because it was on sale for $12.95... I SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN MORE!!! Sure enough, when I went back to check, vintage sold out. This happens to me all the time. Anyway, it's great red by itself, I had it with dinner of course (meats and cheese).
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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.