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HARVEST & AGEING
Inspired by a grand tradition of quality, the Domaines teams have one priority: selection. Their mastery and perfect knowledge of Bordelais
cepages are responsible for the unparalleled quality of their wines. The cepages used in Reserve Spéciale Rouge are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In 2005, there was very low rainfall (500 mm instead of the usual 850 mm). Despite the rain and storms in August, the overall conditions were very good: cool night temperatures and sunny periods during the day helped the grapes reach perfect maturity. The climate was really ideal. The grapes were picked between the 18th and 25th of September for the Merlots and from the 30th of September to the 6th of October for the Cabernet Sauvignon. The selected plots were vinified separately in stainless steel vats, after being de-stemmed and crushed. This was followed by alcoholic fermentation under temperature control and maceration over 2 to 3 weeks. Ageing took places in vats. Fining with egg whites and cold stabilization were operated before bottling the wine. Continual controls (sensory, microbiological and chemical) were carried out throughout the wine making stages.
The color is crimson with good intensity. The nose elegant and complex, notes of black berries & pepper. The palate is concentrated and balanced
with ripe, ample and blended tannins. A long aromatic & spicy finish.
Owner of Château Lafite Rothschild for five generations, the Rothschild family has been based in this Bordeaux vineyard since 1868. High values and the respect of traditional methods make them passionate about harmony and excellence. Their wines bear witness to that passion year after year. Their skills have patiently enriched through the generations, with world-renowned success.
This wine is from Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)-Each wine is made with high standards delivering wines of elegance and finesse in the tradition of our great Bordeaux house, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild.
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
Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...Read More About Bordeaux Red Blends
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