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Chateau La Commanderie 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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Winemaker Notes

This growth belonged to the Bonie family for more than a century before being purchased in 1956 by Mr. Gabriel Meffre, who also owns Château Canteloup in Saint-Estèphe. Its vineyard is composed of two main parcels, one adjoining Château Montrose and the other lying on a very gravelly slope facing the famous growth of Lafite-Rothschild.

Thanks to the quality of the soil and the grapes planted, mostly Cabernet-Sauvignon, La Commanderie produces a robust wine with an incomparable bouquet much appreciated in France and abroad. It is distributed exclusively through the Bordeaux trade.

Critical Acclaim

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Wine Spectator

Fresh mushroom, tobacco and ripe fruit aromas follow through to a medium-to-full body, with soft, silky tannins and a medium finish. Balanced and pretty. Best after 2012. 2,665 cases made.

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Chateau La Commanderie

Chateau La Commanderie

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Chateau La Commanderie, , France - Bordeaux
Chateau La Commanderie
La Commanderie was built in the 12th century by Guillaume de Plaigne, a Cathar Lord, who took an active role in the Battle of Avignonet and afterwards joined the besieged stonghold at the famous siege of Montsegur. In the 16th century, Barthelemy de Plaigne extended the chateau by creating the Salle des Chevaliers. His daughter, Anne de Plaigne, who married the Count de Pibrac in 1642, sold Plaigne to François-Paul de Béon-Massès-Cazaux, head of the order of St Jonh in Toulouse, who, in 1685, established this domain as a Commanderie of the Knights of Malta. It remained in their ownership until the French Revolution. In the 19th century, the chateau belonged to Mr de Nicol, who modernized the building, and it remained in this family for a century, the last descent being Vilolette de Ferluc.

La Commanderie was bought in 1973 by Marie-France Gregory, mother of the present owner; it has been completely restored and furnished in period style by this family of artists and art lovers.

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, Champagne is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to be labeled ‘Champagne’ within the EU and many New World countries, a wine must originate in this northeastern region of France and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide. Well-drained limestone chalk soil defines much of the region, lending a mineral component to the wines. The climate here is marginal—ample acidity is a requirement for sparkling wine, so overripe grapes are to be avoided. Weather differences from year to year create significant variation between vintages, and in order to maintain a consistent house style, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled varietally, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, delicacy, and elegance, as well as bright and lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit, and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body, and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while one comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

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