Dourthe La Grande Cuvee Rouge 2016
Lovely deep garnet in appearance, Dourthe La Grande Cuvée 2016 is irresistible with its rich bouquet redolent of red and black berries, combined with delicately oaked and spicy notes. On the palate, the wine is initially supple, then rapidly gains in volume, underpinned by well-rounded tannins, coated in turn by the fruity, flavorsome and fresh wine. The overall balance of the different components defines this wine, which culminates in a lingering, aromatic, well-integrated oaky finish.
Blend: 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
Vins et Vignoble Dourthe is one of the most recognized negociants in France. The terroirs of the Dourthe estates are among the finest in Bordeaux’s acclaimed appellations. On each estate, the quest for excellence is paramount. The result are wines that capture the unique terroir and essence of Bordeaux.
In most of France, wines are named by their place of origin and not by the type of grape (with the exception of Alsace). Just like a red Burgundy is by law, always made of Pinot noir, a red Bordeaux is a blended wine composed mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Depending on the laws of the village from which the grapes come, the conditions of the vintage and decisions of the winemaker, the blend can be further supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and in rare cases, Carmenere. So popular and repeated has this mix of grape varieties become worldwide, that the term, Bordeaux Blend, refers to a wine blended in this style, regardless of origin.