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Barton & Guestier St. Emilion 1999

Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    The Saint-Emilion vineyard is situated on the Right Bank of the Dordogne river, near Libourne and Pomerol. This hilly region is dominated by calcium based soils in the form of limestone which are covered by clay, sand or gravel. The calcium in the soils enables the Merlot grape to develop great concentration, which it rarely achieves elsewhere. The Merlot provides mellow smoothness, the Cabernet Franc a more tannic aromatic base: a harmony, which gives to the wine richness, great fruit and a potential for improvement with age. VINTAGE 1999 is, once again, a winegrowers year! Early budburst at the end of March and flowering at the end of May which took place under favorable climatic conditions presupposed a very abundant crop. July was hot and stormy and gave rise to fears of mildew and necessitated vigilance on the part of the growers. From August 18th an ideal hot spell lasted for almost one month, which allowed the grapes to ripen under good conditions and to reach a good level of concentration, specifically in potential alcohol. The rain which fell between September 11th and 20th diluted this concentration somewhat except where conscientious growers had controlled the yields on the vines (green harvest) and had encouraged ripening (leaf pruning). In Saint-Emilion, a violent hailstorm on the 5th of September damaged 500 hectares (1200 acres) of the appellation, mainly in the zone of the Grands Crus Classés. WINEMAKING The aim of Barton & Guestier is to produce wines which are typical of the appellation: harmonious, with soft tannins and fruity flavors. While respecting the traditional winemaking techniques (de-stalking and crushing the grapes), alcoholic fermentation took place at 30-32°C, then daily pumping over and a two or three weeks maceration period were necessary. After malolactic fermentation, the wines were aged in oak barrels for a few months. WINEMAKER NOTES Purple with violet highlights. Fine and elegant with aromas of liquorice, spices and red fruit (raspberry). With a supple attack, it is structured and well balanced, with good fruity mouth aromas and a spicy finish.

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    Barton & Guestier, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
    The company's founder, Thomas Barton, left his native Ireland and emigrated to Bordeaux when he was just 30 years old. He was a true adventurer, looking to make his fortune, and founded a shipping company in 1725. The first barrels of wine were naturally exported to Ireland, which, along with Holland, was the biggest market for Bordeaux in the early 18th century. Very quickly, his efforts brought an unbelievable level of prosperity. He was the first shipper to have his own wine estates. By 1747, Thomas Barton was considered Bordeaux’s number one shipper. His loyal clients nicknamed him "French Tom".

    His family, his associates and his successors followed his example. In 1802, his grandson, Hugh Barton, teamed up with his friend Daniel Guestier, a French shipowner, to create Barton & Guestier. Both men's children and grandchildren went into the business, until the mid-20th century. Today, a dedicated team and over a hundred distributors continue to develop the Barton & Guestier brand worldwide. Barton & Guestier wines are widely recognized throughout the world as wines of excellent quality and tremendous value. The list of wines has also grown to include a broad range of classics from the greatest wine regions of France.

    MNC3983F_1999 Item# 28185