Chateau d'Arcins Haut Medoc 2000 Front Label
Chateau d'Arcins Haut Medoc 2000 Front Label

Chateau d'Arcins Haut Medoc 2000

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From an excellent vintage in Bordeaux, this Cru Bourgeois is drinking beautifully right now - at its peak. With classic cedar, cassis and cigar box aromas, a very good value from Bordeaux!

"A juicy wine, with plum, berry and tobacco character. Medium-bodied, with good, ripe tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Best after 2005."
-Wine Spectator

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Chateau d'Arcins, France
If one estate more than any other has reason to pride itself on its ancestry, that estate must be Chateau d’Arcins. Its roots can be traced back to 1300, when a vineyard was established here under the instructions of the Knights Templar. In 1971, when it was acquired by the Castel family, it was in need of a complete overhaul, inside and out. This they did in style, introducing a system destined to be imitated by their most prestigious competitors; in the 1980s they created the first ever circular vinification chamber. At the centre stands the famous blending vat, with a capacity of more than 2,000 hectolitres, which ensures optimal homogeneity for all the blends bottled here. On entering Chateau d’Arcins, you enter the world of the great Crus Bourgeois of the Haut Médoc, whose reassuringly traditional style combines strength and elegance.
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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.

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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.

SWS43057_2000 Item# 54557

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