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Chateau de Laussac 2015

Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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0% ABV
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3.9 52 Ratings
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Winemaker Notes

An aromatic complexity combining a fine woody and an explosion of red fruits of blackberry and blackcurrant. Pretty purple dress, garnet, dark, shiny, clean. Frizzy nose, crunchy, fresh fruit. Full mouth, fruity attack.

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Laussac has a detailed, quite complex bouquet with lifted blackberry and cedar aromas, very expressive and welcoming. The palate is clean and fresh, very well balanced with grainy tannin, pure black and red fruit, and is beautifully poised with an elegant finish that is an absolute delight. Expect this to land at the top of my banded score - absolutely superb. Barrel Sample: 91-93 Points
JD 92
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Château De Laussac comes from the Michel Rolland team and is a seriously good Côtes de Castillon worth seeking out. Black raspberries, toasted spiced, graphite, and balsam wood nuances all give way to a ripe, fleshy, medium to full-bodied, incredibly delicious beauty that should drink well for upwards of a decade.
JS 91
James Suckling
Some quite ripe character here. This has a core of dark berries and plum fruits all strapped in with thick, ripe tannins. Dark chocolate and cherry liqueur to close. Try from 2020.
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Chateau de Laussac

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Chateau de Laussac, France - Other regions
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Remarkably situated on the prolonged hillsides of the village of Saint-Emilion at 8km. The Chateau de Laussac has been a privileged location dedicated to wine for over 200 years.

The property that is located in the community of St Magne de Castillon is spread over 28 hectares of vines. The annual production is 180,000 bottles that is divided into 1 rosé wine and 4 red wines that correspond to each, individual terroir.

Alexandra and Nicolas acquired the château in 2004. Since then it has been the renowned Oenologist, Michel Rolland, who is consultant. Chateau de Laussac benefits from the most attentive and enlightened care in both the vineyard and the cellar with a spirit of excellence and a quest for perfection. With uncompromising conviction, today it pursues its ascension towards greater refinement and complexity. Château de Laussac crafts wines of a rare pleasure, voluptuous, that enchant both amateur and fine connoisseurs alike.

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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.

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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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