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Chateau Brillette Moulis en Medoc 2009

Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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Winemaker Notes

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WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
A bright, shiny wine, spiced with blackcurrants and sweet plums, very fruity, dancing with liveliness.
Barrel Sample: 90-92
JS 91
James Suckling
Currants and minerals with sweet tobacco. Full body, with chewy tannins and a firm finish. Savory at the end. Very typical Bordeaux style. Austere but pretty.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Very solid, with a nice cocoa-tinged frame to the core of crushed plum, cassis and mulled spice notes. The long, velvety finish shows nicely integrated grip. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
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Chateau Brillette

Chateau Brillette

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Chateau Brillette, Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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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.

One of the most—if not the most—famous red wine regions of the world, the Medoc reaches from the city of Bordeaux northwest along the left bank of the Gironde River almost all the way to the Atlantic. Its vineyards climb along a band of flatlands, sandwiched between the coastal river marshes and the pine forests in the west. The entire region can only claim to be three to eight miles wide (at its widest), but it is about 50 miles long.

While the Medoc encompasses the Haut Medoc, and thus most of the classed-growth villages (Margaux, Moulis, Listrac, St-Julien, Pauillac and St. Estephe) it is really only those wines produced in the Bas-Medoc that use the Medoc appellation name. The ones farther down the river, and on marginally higher ground, are eligible to claim the Haut Medoc appellation, or their village or cru status.

While the region can’t boast a particularly dramatic landscape, impressive chateaux disperse themselves among the magically well-drained gravel soils that define the area. This optimal soil draining capacity is completely necessary and ideal in the Medoc's damp, maritime climate. These gravels also serve well to store heat in cooler years.

Bordeaux Blends

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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, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux lean towards a highly structured and earthy style whereas New World areas (as in the ones named above) tend to produce bold and fruit-forward blends. Either way, Bordeaux red blends generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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