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Chateau Clos de Bouard La Dame de Bouard (Futures Pre-Sale) 2016

Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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Winemaker Notes

Blend: 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Suckling
A tight and fruity red with lots of wet earth and spices. Medium body and a tight center palate. Flavorful finish. New wine from Boüard family of Angelus. Second wine of Clos de Boüard.
Barrel Sample: 92-93
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Chateau Clos de Bouard

Chateau Clos de Bouard

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Chateau Clos de Bouard, Bordeaux, France
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Among the different renowned families in St Emilion, one name eventually rings more bells than the others: "De Boüard". With Jean-Bernard Grenié, Hubert de Boüard has raised Ch. Angelus up to the firmament of the Right Bank wines, making it one of the most iconic French wine symbols. But as you might have guessed, he has also achieved to share his passion with his family, starting with his 2 daughters Stéphanie & Coralie.

It's safe to say that when you are born and raised in the middle of such an environment, a move towards the wine world is obvious. It was just a question of time. When Stephanie joined her father last year at the head of the 1st GCC “A”, Coralie had already made her move in the vines.

After joining the flagship estate, she followed the step of her father in Lalande de Pomerol, becoming co-owner of Ch. La Fleur de Boüard. With her brother Mathieu, she made this property one of the "must have" estates of this appellation. But the success story of Coralie wouldn't stop here.

The occasion was too good to miss it. When Castel sold Ch. La Tour Musset in Montagne St Emilion, it was the perfect opportunity. So Coralie and her husband took it. "It was a personal wish" she said. And one of the first decisions was renaming it. So, Château Clos de Boüard was born.

With 3 blocks of vines located in Parsac, near famous St Emilion neighbors like Ch. Fombrauge, Ch. Fleur Cardinale, Ch. Valandraux, and Ch. Troplong Mondot, it has an excellent geographic situation. Furthermore, the average age of the vines are 35 years, it has clay limestone soils, and a perfect exposition that gives the estate exceptional potential.

Planted with 19ha Merlot, 2,59Ha Cabernet Sauvignon and 7,34ha Cabernet Franc, Ch. Clos de Bouard aims at producing 150,000 Bottles per year. And you can already expect strict parcel selection, integral vinification, long ageing in new oak barrels, etc. To sum up, you can expect the best.

Coralie explains without any embarrassment that she wants to make the Clos de Boüard as good as it can be. With her experience working with her father, her passion for the vines, her knowledge of the latest winemaking innovations and her ambition, the future success of this young estate is clearly evident.

Bordeaux

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One of the most important wine regions of the world, Bordeaux is a powerhouse producer of wines of all colors, sweetness levels, and price points. Separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a coastal pine forest, this relatively flat region has a mild maritime climate, marked by cool wet winters and warm summers. Annual weather differences create significant vintage variations, making Bordeaux an exciting region to follow.

The Gironde estuary, a defining feature of Bordeaux, separates most of the region into the Left Bank and the Right Bank. Farther inland, where the Gironde splits into the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers, the bucolic, rolling hills of the area in between, called Entre-Deux-Mers, is a source of great quality, approachable reds and whites.

The Left Bank, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, contains the Médoc, Graves, and Sauternes, as well as the region’s most famous chateaux. Merlot is important here as the perfect blending grape for Cabernet Sauvignon adding plush fruit and softening Cabernet's sometimes hefty tannins. Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec may also be used in the Left Bank blends.

Merlot is the principal variety of the Right Bank; Cabernet Franc adds structure and complexity to Merlot, creating wines that are concentrated, supple, and more imminently ready for drinking, compared with their Left Bank counterparts. Key appellations of the Right Bank include St. Emilion and Pomerol.

Dry and sweet white wines are produced throughout the region from Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and sometimes Muscadelle or Sauvignon Gris. Some of the finest dry whites can be found in the the Graves sub-appellation of Pessac-Léognan, while Sauternes is undisputedly the gold standard for sweet wines. Small amounts of rosé and sparkling wine are made in Bordeaux as well.

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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