Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin 2010
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Deep red color with dense violet tones. The bouquet, attractive and charming, provides an explosion of red fruits like cherries and plumbs. The French oak adds delicious hints of vanilla, coffee, and interesting complexity. On the palate, the wine is rich and well structured with soft tannins. Long and elegant finish.
Great combined with delicate dishes, grilled meats, and chocolate desserts.
James Suckling - "This is a structured and rich red with blueberry and dark chocolate character and hints of walnuts. Full body, with chew tannins and a long finish. Chili and spices. Structured red. An old vine wine. Aged 16 months in French oak. 11,200 bottles made. Needs two or three years to soften. "
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Grand Vin is a blend of 85% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot from Vistalba, from an old Malbec vineyard planted in 1908, 15 hectares that were the heart and the beginning of the project. The wine is dark-colored, classical and restrained in the nose. In fact, it closes down in the glass and you need to swirl it around to get some aromas that are not fruity, or woody, but more earthy and subtle. The palate is full-bodied and has the acidity, stuffing and ingredients to age nicely. This is a great wine. Drink 2016-2024. "
International Wine Cellar - "Bright, saturated medium ruby. Lovely high-pitched perfume of blackberry, violet, bitter chocolate and peppery herbs. At once suave and penetrating, displaying captivating floral lift to the high-pitched dark berry flavors. Wonderfully seamless, bright wine with harmonious framing acidity accentuating its impression of purity. Finishes with noble tannins and lovely rising length. This very rich, sweet wine has the balance to give early pleasure but will gain in complexity with more bottle age. Another superb wine from the terrific 2010 vintage."
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Fabre Montmayou Winery
Hervé Joyaux Fabre, owner and director of Fabre Montmayou, was born in Bordeaux, France to a family of wine negociants. When he arrived in Argentina in the early 90’s looking for opportunities to invest in vineyards and start a winery, he was impressed by the potential for Malbec in Mendoza, and shocked by the number of neglected top notch old vine vineyards available for purchase. At this time pulling out old vines and replanting with new higher yielding more predictable clones was all the rage. Hervé Fabre knew he needed to act immediately. Within months he purchased the first of what would be many old vine, high elevation vineyard sites under his control - An impeccable 37 acre spread in Vistalba planted with original rootstock Malbec vines in 1908. Shortly after, Herve built a Chateau style winery on the property and continued purchasing old vine parcels throughout the country. A Patagonian winery was constructed in the Rio Negro region ten years later. At present the family owns 217 acres of vineyard land in Mendoza (Vistalba, Compuertas, Tupungato) and 122 acres in Patagonia (Allen, General Roca). All wines are estate grown, farmed using traditional methods without the use of herbicides, and fermented with native yeasts. View all Fabre Montmayou Wines
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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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.