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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.

Vosne-Romanee

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Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

VCCBWPII_1115_05_2005 Item# 101822

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