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Chateau Brillette Moulis en Medoc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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Winemaker Notes

Dark ruby in color. Aromas of black licorice, coffee and currant follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Blend: 48% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet France, and 3% Petit Verdot.

Pair this wine with lamb, game and bird. Also great with mild cheeses and Mediterranean cuisine.

Critical Acclaim

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Dark ruby in color. Aromas of black licorice, coffee and currant follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Best after 2011. 9,580 cases made.

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Chateau Brillette

Chateau Brillette

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Chateau Brillette, , France - Bordeaux
Chateau Brillette
Chateau Brillette is one of the most highly reputed vineyards of Moulis-en-Médoc. The estate boasts 100 continuous hectares, with 40 hectares of vines classified appellation d'origine controlée. Among the oldest vineyards in the Médoc region, Chateau Brillette entered into the possession of the Flageul family in 1976 after belonging to the Comte du Perier de Larsan and his family for nearly a century.

From grandmother to son to grandson, a passion for winemaking has inspired three generations of the Flageul family to implement new processes and techniques to improve winemaking and produce the highest-quality wines. In 2000, a new wine cellar was built to house state-of-the-art stainless steel vats (capacity 3300 hectoliters) and the barrel chai was rehauled to include precise temperature and humidity control systems for its 600 barrels. The year 2000 also saw the inauguration of a tasting room overlooking Chateau Brillettes breathtaking expanse of vines.

Argentina

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Stretching from the Andes to Patagonia, Argentina's unique terroir lends to high quality wines. Formerly associated with inexpensive bulk wine but dramatically shifting focus from quantity to quality, Argentina is the most important wine-producing country in South America. Certainly excellent values abound here still, but increases in vineyard investment, improved winery technology, and a commitment to innovation since the late 20th century have contributed to the country’s burgeoning image as a producer of great wines at all price points. The climate here is diverse but generally continental and agreeable, with hot, dry summers and cold snowy winters—a positive, as snow melt from the Andes Mountains can be used to irrigate vineyards. Grapes very rarely have any difficulty achieving full ripeness.

Mendoza, a large and famous region responsible for more than 70% of Argentina’s wine production, is further divided into several sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. Red wines dominate here, especially Malbec, the country’s star variety, while Chardonnay is the most successful white. The province of San Juan is best known for blends of Bonarda and Syrah. Torrontés is a specialty of the La Rioja and Salta regions, the latter of which is also responsible for excellent Malbecs grown at very high elevation.

Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originates in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends but was susceptible to viticultural problems. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it did flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. Malbec was brought to Argentina in 1868 by a French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, but did not gain its current reputation as the national grape of Argentina until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century thanks to its easy-going drinkability.

In the Glass

Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of freshly turned earth, black fruits from berries to plums, and licorice, appropriately backed by dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, it can be quite intense and often needs time to mellow before becoming drinkable. In the Old World, its rusticity shines, with aged examples showing dusty notes of leather and tobacco. The best examples in all regions often possess a beguiling bouquet of violets.

Perfect Parings

Malbec’s rustic character begs for flavorful dishes, like spicy grilled sausages or the classic cassoulet of France’s Southwest. South American iterations are best enjoyed as they would be in Argentina: with a thick, juicy steak.

Sommelier Secret

If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet. With its combination of bold flavors and soft tannins, it will appeal to basically anyone who enjoys red wine. Malbec also wins bonus points for affordability, as even the most inexpensive examples are often quite good.

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