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Clos Les Lunelles Cotes de Castillon 2007

Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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Winemaker Notes

This wine displays a reserved character at first, but the attentive taster will notice an underlying assertiveness. The color is deep and purple, almost black. Jammy black fruit is the main attraction on the nose, while wood notes from barrel aging underscore the harvest's impressive ripeness. Although the wine's youth is evident on the palate now, time will bring out a more mellow personality. The middle palate shows notable structure and texture, and the finish is built on young tannins and a pronounced acidity; youthful aromas of spicy white pepper, nutmeg and woody notes add complementary charm.

Critical Acclaim

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A small vineyard cropped at 22 hectoliters per hectare has fashioned a blend of 80% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. As usual, the 2007 Clos Les Lunelles is the most concentrated and biggest wine from the Cotes de Castillon. Its dense purple color is accompanied by notes of creamy oak, blackberries, cassis, licorice, incense, and charcoal. Full-bodied, powerful, and rich, it should drink nicely for 10 years.

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Clos Les Lunelles

Clos Les Lunelles

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Clos Les Lunelles, , France - Bordeaux
Clos Les Lunelles
In 2001, Chateau Lapeyronie, now known as Clos Les Lunelles, came out of relative obscurity with the help of Gérard Perse's "magic wand" (according to Robert Parker's expression). This small (8.5 hectare) Cotes de Castillon estate proved its incredible potential by earning a 93-100 mark from the famous American wine critic for Perse's first vintage. Beginning in 1999 with the purchase of Château Clos L'Eglise and Chateau Sainte Colombe, which borders on Clos Les Lunelles, Gérard Perse's hugely successful involvement in the long underestimated Cotes de Castillon appellation is clearly another feather in his cap.

Central Coast

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of the state's wine. The sprawling district covers most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara from the coast inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley. Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types, and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including Monterey, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Cruz Mountains.

Just about every major international grape variety is planted within this vast AVA, from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. A significant proportion of the region’s produce is generic, inexpensive bulk wine, but the Central Coast is also home to many small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as everything in between.

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.

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