Chateau d'Agassac 2015

  • 92 Wine
  • 92 James
  • 90 Jeb
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Winemaker Notes

This wine is an extraordinary deep garnet-red color with purple tints, enhancing its striking appearance. The delicate, powerful bouquet successively presents notes of ripe fruit (stewed plums) and black pepper. Scents of candied fruit evoking notes of cherry reinforce the fruitiness of the initial nose against a backdrop of wood and spices. Aeration brings out the mineral character and complexity of the wine. With rich, velvety tannins that give a strong, fresh and precise texture, this wine has a dense structure with notes of spices, black pepper and cooked cinnamon. The fruity finish is lingering and underlined by notes of eucalyptus and camphor that are characteristic of the fine Agassac Terroir.

Professional Ratings

  • 92
    From vineyards surrounding the medieval moated castle, this wine is well balanced, rich and yet structured. It has great blackberry fruit and dry tannins for aging and it's coming together well. Drink from 2022. Cellar Selection
  • 92
    Some ripe dark-fruit aromas here lead to a palate with a wealth of rich plum-flavored flesh and slightly tangy acidity. It's all delivered long up to the deep, plush, linear finish. Impressive wine. Try from 2022.
  • 90
    Château d’Agassac is run by Jean-Luc Zell and is in the Ludon-Médoc, south of the village of Macau. They’ve turned out a brilliant 2015 Château D'Agassac based on 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot that was brought up in 60% new barrels. This beauty gives up lots of ripe black raspberry and cherry fruit as well spice, toasted bread, and subtle background oak. With medium to full-bodied richness, a ripe, supple texture, and present tannin, it will keep for 10-15 years and is a smoking value.

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Chateau d'Agassac

Chateau d'Agassac

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Chateau d'Agassac, France
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Agassac first came to light in the 13th century, built on a marshy plain bordered by a stream, which runs through the estate to the edge of the grounds where a clump of pine trees grows. The original curtain wall of its facade was machicolated and crenellated, although these features disappeared during subsequent alterations. In the 16th century, the chateau was the subject of a "renaissance" and two additions in the shape of its new defensive towers, built to stand out beyond the existing wall line… although only one remains today. The 20th century was drawing to a close when the estate was acquired by the insurance company Groupama. In good viticultural tradition, the vineyard and winery areas were the first to be modernised. With a past history of biding its time, the chateau was renovated later and has now been restored to its former glory.

The estate’s two greatest assets lie in the quality of its terroir (its total natural environment) and in its precious stock of old vines. The terroir, with its warm soils made up of deep, well-drained gravels and copious amounts of sunshine, is distinguished by its early-maturing character and Agassac is often the first estate in the area to begin harvesting. The vineyards, made up of two enclosed areas totalling 42 hectares, is essentially made up of long-established vines – an average of 40 years old for 22 hectares of it – that constitute the qualitative heart of production. Since 1997, the course of matters has shifted with the uprooting of several less-valuable plots and the planting of Cabernet vines in the best and hitherto unexploited gravel soils. In the light of these changes, the vineyard currently comprises 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.

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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. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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While it claims the same basic landscape as the Medoc—only every so slightly elevated above river level—the Haut Medoc is home to all of the magnificent chateaux of the Left Bank of Bordeaux, creating no lack of beautiful sites to see.

These chateaux, residing over the classed-growth cru in the villages of Margaux, Moulis, Listrac, St-Julien, Pauillac and St. Estephe are within the Haut Medoc appellation. Though within the confines of these villages, any classed-growth chateaux will most certainly claim village or cru status on their wine labels.

Interestingly, some classed-growth cru of the Haut Medoc fall outside of these more famous villages and can certainly be a source of some of the best values in Bordeaux. Deep in color, and concentrated in ripe fruit and tannins, these wines (typically Cabernet Sauvignon-based) often prove the same aging potential of the village classed-growths. Among these, the highest ranked chateaux are Chateau La Lagune and Chateau Cantemerle.

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