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Chateau La Boutignane Classique Red 2002

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    "Best Buy" Wine Enthusiast! Harvested from stony clay and limestone soils, the Classique has aromas of freshly roasted coffee and just-picked plum. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Carignane, 20% Syrah, 20% Grenache, and 10% Cinsault, giving it a complex and rich character. An earthy mid-palate gives way to a lingering finish of tobacco and wild berries.

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    Chateau La Boutignane, France
    The Corbières appellation is one of the most distinguished in Southern France, and Château La Boutignane makes some of the finest expressions of wine from this region. Owned by the Olivier Faivre family, the wines have won numerous awards in Europe, and Frank Prial of the New York Times describes the wines as "delicious."

    Much of the sixty hectares are planted to 60-old vines of syrah and carignane, with smaller amounts of cinsault, grenache and macabeu. All the grapes are hand-harvested and vinified by gravity maceration.

    Boutignane produces just four wines: Rosé, Grande Réserve Blanc, Classique Rouge, and Grande Réserve Rouge. All are distinctive wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Corbières region.

    Nearly synonymous with fine wine and all things epicurean, France has a culture of wine production and consumption that is deeply rooted in tradition. Many of the world’s most beloved grape varieties originated here, as did the concept of “terroir”—soil type, elevation, slope angle and mesoclimate combine to produce resulting wines that convey a sense of place. Accordingly, most French wine is labeled by geographical location, rather than grape variety. So a general understaning of which grapes correspond to which regions can be helpful in navigating all of the types of French wine. Some of the greatest wine regions in the world are here, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône, and Champagne, but each part of the country has its own specialties and strengths.

    Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, are the king and queen of Burgundy, producing elegant red and white wines with great acidity, the finest examples of which can age for decades. The same varieties, along with Pinot Meunier, are used in Champagne. Of comparable renown is Bordeaux, focused on bold, structured red wines made of blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc including sometimes a small amount of Petit Verdot or Malbec. The primary white varieties of Bordeaux are Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. The Rhône Valley is responsible for monovarietal Syrah in the north, while the south specializes in Grenache blends; Rhône's main white variety is Viognier.

    Most of these grape varieties are planted throughout the country and beyond, extending their influence into other parts of Europe and New World appellations.

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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