Barton & Guestier Chateau Magnol Cru Bourgeois 2016
Deep and brilliant cherry red with violet highlights. Expressive, rich and complex nose mixing black berries (blackcurrant, black cherry) and well balanced spicy and minty notes. Harmonious, well balanced full, fine and elegant with ripe tannins. The aftertaste is rich and aromatic (fruity, spicy with a hint of vanilla and tobacco notes).
Blend: 48% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc
Perfect with red meat (especially lamb), duck breast and all fine cheese. Try with Pyrenees cheese, black cherry jam and walnut bread.
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This richly fruity wine comes from the southern part of the Haut-Médoc, close to the city of Bordeaux. Its density and concentration give it the ability to age. With its black fruits and ripe tannins, it will likely be ready to drink from 2022.
Barton & Guestier is the oldest and one of the most prestigious wine houses in Bordeaux. The firm was established in 1725 by Thomas Barton, a renowned negociant coming from Ireland. In the early 19th century, his grandson joined forces with Frenchman Daniel Guestier, a reputed importer of Bordeaux wines into Baltimore, in the British colonies in America, and the one who delivered the wines that President Thomas Jefferson had ordered from the Barton family.
The Barton & Guestier winemakers work in partnership with about 200 passionate winegrowers over the greatest French wine regions: Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Rhone Valley, Languedoc, Gascony and Corsica. For almost 300 years, Barton & Guestier offers a wonderful variety of wines that enables wine lovers, from the occasional wine drinker to the connoisseur to make a journey through France.
Sustainability is a fundamental element of global economy. Barton & Guestier is involved in various steps towards sustainability, especially at Château Magnol, which is member of the first organization for the Environmental Management System for Bordeaux Wines. Steps involved considerations about land, energy, water and wastewater quality, carbon and water footprint, waste reduction, safety, and health. The Chateau and all the B&G Bordeaux wines have been certified ISO 14001 in 2013.
While it claims the same basic landscape as the Medoc—only every so slightly elevated above river level—the Haut Medoc is home to all of the magnificent chateaux of the Left Bank of Bordeaux, creating no lack of beautiful sites to see.
These chateaux, residing over the classed-growth cru in the villages of Margaux, Moulis, Listrac, St-Julien, Pauillac and St. Estephe are within the Haut Medoc appellation. Though within the confines of these villages, any classed-growth chateaux will most certainly claim village or cru status on their wine labels.
Interestingly, some classed-growth cru of the Haut Medoc fall outside of these more famous villages and can certainly be a source of some of the best values in Bordeaux. Deep in color, and concentrated in ripe fruit and tannins, these wines (typically Cabernet Sauvignon-based) often prove the same aging potential of the village classed-growths. Among these, the highest ranked chateaux are Chateau La Lagune and Chateau Cantemerle.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.