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Chateau Clos L'Eglise Cotes de Castillon 2001

Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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Winemaker Notes

"A knockout effort with great fruit, the dense, expressive 2001 reveals plenty of black cherry liqueur intermixed with cassis, vanilla, toast, and mineral. Medium to full-bodied, sweet, and seductive, it should drink well for up to a decade."
-Wine Advocate

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Chateau Clos L'Eglise

Chateau Clos L'Eglise

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Chateau Clos L'Eglise, Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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This is the land that gives personality to a vintage and it was the work of Sylviane Garcin-Cathiards, she brings the wine to their full potential. After taking over the property in January 1997, with her experience at Château Haut-Bergey in Pessac-Léognan, she redesigned the winery. The soil is clay and gravel with lifts dirt iron, which gives the wine a special character, that is often found in Pomerol. Located on the hillside, most of the vineyard extends southwest of buildings, breaking the famous Pomerol plateau. Its area is 6 hectares. It is composed of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc.

Cotes de Castillon

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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.

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/or 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 can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can 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, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

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