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Chateau Plegat la Graviere 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from Graves, Bordeaux, France
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    Winemaker Notes

    Notes of black fruits, blackcurrants, blackberries and blueberries. With aeration, the wine becomes distinctly more complex, with notes of delicate spices, cinnamon, light tobacco and coffee, followed by fresher notes of mint, and violets. The palate is smooth and rich, with a meaty, fruity structure. You will discover the same aromas that were present on the nose, as well as a certain thirst-quenching acidity provided by the tannins. A superb wine that merits a further few months of keeping before becoming fully integrated and wonderfully harmonious.

    48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc

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    Chateau Plegat la Graviere

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    Chateau Plegat la Graviere, Graves, Bordeaux, France
    2005
    Château du Grand Bos is located in Castres, in a part of the Graves appellation where one finds some of the oldest Bordeaux vineyards dating from 2,000 years ago. The vineyard lies near the old Roman road named "Chemin Gallien". The Château is listed as a leading estate in its commune in editions of Cocks & Feret going back to 1868.

    The vineyard, whose soil is composed of very deep gravel, ceased being cultivated in the 1950’s and when M. Vincent bought the property in 1988 it was in poor condition.

    He immediately set out to replant and restore the vineyard as well as the Château. For now, M. Vincent is able to achieve an average vine age of 35 years by utilising a portion of his neighbor’s vineyard.

    Bordeaux Blends

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    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, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

    In the Glass

    Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

    Perfect Pairings

    Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

    Sommelier Secret

    While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

    VCJCPLG_2005 Item# 107228

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