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Chateau Brillette Moulis en Medoc 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

WS 90
Wine Spectator

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.

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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.

Paso Robles

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A rugged, sunbaked plain that has long served as a haven for outlaws and rogues...

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A rugged, sunbaked plain that has long served as a haven for outlaws and rogues, Paso Robles has made a name for itself as a source of rebelliously powerful wines. With 11 smaller sub-AVAs, there is quite a bit of diversity to be found in this inland portion of California’s Central Coast.

This is mostly red wine country, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel standing out as the star performers. Other popular varieties include Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Rhône varieties both red and white. There is a fairly uniform tendency here towards wines that are unapologetically bold and opulently fruity, albeit with a surprising amount of acidity thanks to the region’s chilly nighttime temperatures.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration...

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is sometimes referred to as the “king” of red grapes. It can be somewhat unapproachable early in its youth but has the potential to age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more at its best. Small berries and tough skins provide its trademark firm tannic grip, while high acidity helps to keep the wine fresh for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region (and in St-Emillion and Pomerol, where it plays a supporting role to Merlot). The top Médoc producers use Cabernet Sauvignon for their wine’s backbone, blending it with Merlot and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot. On its own, Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin, and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice, and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it's typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb, and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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