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Chateau Lusseau 2004

Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
  • RP89
0% ABV
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  • JS92
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Winemaker Notes

You will appreciate the subtle blending of typical grape varieties from Merlot (50%), to Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), accentuated by Cabernet Franc (5%) and Malbec (5%).

This high quality wine, aged in oak barrels for 12 to 14 months, will delight you by the harmony of its black fruit aromas and its subtle wood flavors.

You will love it either daily or for special occasions.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A small garagiste estate owned by the cellarmaster for Gerard Perse’s Pavie and other estates, Lusseau is always among the most sensual and silky-textured St.-Emilions. While the 2004 is not as concentrated as the 2005, it offers loads of smoky kirsch liqueur and sexy blacker fruits, low acidity, and a lush, hedonistic style. Drink it over the next 6-7 years.
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Chateau Lusseau

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Chateau Lusseau, , France - Bordeaux
Chateau Lusseau
The day my daughter told me she wanted to run the vineyard, I was not really carried away. A woman evolving in this male-chauvinist environment…. It sounded like a great task. Doing her way, she forsook her lawyer position in order to get a diploma in viticulture at the Lycée agricole of Blanquefort. Eventually, she achieved her first vintage in 2000. After 6 years managing the property, she has been able to mix the exactness of her university background, the family passion for the good wine and her female intuition to turn the Château Lusseau into a great new name of the “Graves de Bordeaux"

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Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of spice, Rhône red blends originated in France’s Southern Rhône valley and have become popular in Priorat, Washington, South Australia, and California’s Central Coast. In the Rhône itself, 19 grape varieties are permitted for use, but many of these blends, are based on Grenache and supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre, earning the nickname “GSM blends.” Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape are perhaps the best-known outposts for these wines. Other varieties that may be found in Rhône blends include Carignan, Cinsault, and Counoise.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache, which often forms the base of these blends, is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit, a plush texture, and often high levels of alcohol. Syrah supplies darker fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy, and meaty notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume as well as body, tannin, and a healthy dose of color. New World examples will lie further along the fruit-forward end of the spectrum, while those from the Old World taste and smell much earthier, often with a “barnyard” character that is attractive to many fans of these wines.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. Depending on the weight and alcohol level, these can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes—they play equally well with beef, pork, duck, lamb, or game. With their high acidity, these wines are best-matched with salty or fatty foods, and can handle the acidity of tomato sauce in pizza or pasta. Braised beef cheeks, grilled lamb sausages, or roasted squab are all fine pairings.

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Some regions like to put their own local spin on the Rhône red blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin, and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or even Tempranillo make an appearance.

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