Chateau Fleur La Mothe 2016
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The 2016 Fleur la Mothe is a serious vintage that will require a bit of patience. Mingling notions of cassis, sweet berries, cigar wrapper and new oak in an inviting bouquet, it's medium to full-bodied, firm and tightly wound, with fine concentration and a penetrating finish. Rating: 90+
In May 2008, Antoine Médeville, Edouard Massie and Henri Boyer, three consultant oenologists known and recognized for their skills and professionalism that they have exercised for 20 years in their 'Oenoconseil' laboratories, decided to move to the other side of the barrier and become owners with the acquisition of a 15 hectare vineyard located on the Saint-Yzans plateau in the Médoc appellation. A few years later, Emilien Delalande and Thomas Marquant, newly associated with Oenoconseil, joined the adventure. Drawing on their experience in viticulture and oenology advice, the oenologists set themselves a challenge: to make one of the best wines of the appellation by optimizing the qualities of the soil and using their know-how. Very quickly they set up a qualitative policy, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. They choose a contemporary and sober label in the image of their wine which combines tradition and modernism.
Chateau Fleur la Mothe is located in the commune of Saint-Yzans du Medoc in Bordeaux, France. The estate's name comes from its gravel rises (mothe means "mound" in the local patois).
Most of the vines overlook the Gironde estuary, which has a regulating effect on temperature and protects the vines from spring frosts. The gravel soil provides excellent natural drainage for the 15 hectare vineyard.
The winemaking team is committed to in sustainable viticulture, and were crowned in 2016 with the TERRA VITIS certification. Grape varieties : Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Average vine age: 50 years
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.
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.