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Chateau Alcee 2016

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Winemaker Notes

The 2016 Chateau Alcee has a deep, expressive olfaction with aromas of cherries, cinnamon, ginger, nuances of floral notes and blackberries. The attack is very velvety to silky, the middle of the mouth is ample and spherical, with a well formed flesh, embellished with greedy spicy fruits. The finish is persistent, stretched, fresh, the tannins are a touch chalky (powdery). It is enhanced by intense fruits, sweet spices, and notes of violets, punctuated by a small bitterness.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 91
James Suckling
This is very transparent with fine-grained tannins. Medium-bodied, refined and focused. Shows focus and tension. A blend of 92 per cent merlot and eight per cent cabernet franc. Better after 2021.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Alcee leaps from the glass with notes of blueberry compote, kirsch and black tea plus hints of cigar boxes and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, it completely coats the palate with perfumed red and black fruits, framed by firm, grainy tannins and finishes with great length.
D 90
A good quality, rich wine with a sense of drama. It's a touch strong on the extraction but is well held together by the acidity. Plenty of brambly fruit floats through the palate, and it will open up very attractively in a few years' time.
JD 90
Jeb Dunnuck
A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc brought up in a mix of tank and wood, the 2016 Château Alcée sports a deep ruby color as well as a beautiful bouquet of black raspberry, spice box, new leather, white truffle and salty minerality. Nicely concentrated, medium-bodied, balanced, and long, it’s unquestionably an outstanding wine.
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Chateau Alcee

Chateau Alcee

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Chateau Alcee, France
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Nicolas Theinpont, a man know for reviving wineries, began working with Chateau Alcee in 2011. Starting with the 2011 vintage, he started replacing some of the vines in an effort to increase vine density. Along with their massale, selection replanting program, only sustainable, organic farming techniques are being used.

Although it is a small 6.5 hectare vineyard, it is planted to a vine density of 6,500 vines per hectare (86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc). The vines have an average age of 40 years and are planted on red clay and limestone soils.

Chateau Alcee's production is small, close to 700 cases per vintage.

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Bordeaux, France

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Though the region is larger than many of its Right Bank neighbors, it is one that consistently produces high quality, well-valued red wines. In fact, Cotes de Castillon can almost be considered a geographical eastern extension of St. Emilion, producing similarly-fashioned reds based on Merlot.

Vineyards in the region’s clay, limestone and sandstone soils produce sturdy red wines. On alluvial terraces, in vineyards closer to the Dordogne River, wines tend to be more supple and fruity. In either case, a great Cotes de Castillon red will be bursting with raspberry, plum and blueberry, have an enticing bouquet of dried flowers and a finish that is plush and opulent.

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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.

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