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Dourthe La Grande Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux, France
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    Winemaker Notes

    Made entirely from Sauvignon Blanc, whose rich, aromatic character is backed by great structure. Thomas Drouineau selects grapes from diverse terroirs located to the north and east of the appellation, resulting in a palette of Sauvignon blanc aromas unparalleled in Bordeaux. The aromatic richness is enhanced by a highly specific vinification process, fine-tuned more than 20 years ago, consisting in maceration on the skins and low temperature fermentation. The wine is then aged on the fine lees, with batonnage, for 6 months, which strengthens the harmony of the wine and optimises the finesse and intensity of the resulting aromas.

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    Dourthe

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    Dourthe, , France - Bordeaux
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    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.

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    Cabernet Sauvignon

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    A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is sometimes referred to as the “king” of red grapes. It can be somewhat unapproachable early in its youth but has the potential to age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more at its best. Small berries and tough skins provide its trademark firm tannic grip, while high acidity helps to keep the wine fresh for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region (and in St-Emillion and Pomerol, where it plays a supporting role to Merlot). The top Médoc producers use Cabernet Sauvignon for their wine’s backbone, blending it with Merlot and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot. On its own, Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

    In the Glass

    High in color, tannin, and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice, and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it's typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

    Perfect Pairings

    Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb, and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

    Sommelier Secrets

    Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

    CWC910130_2011 Item# 119812

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