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Liber Pater 2006

Bordeaux Red Blends from Graves, Bordeaux, France
    13.5% ABV
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    13.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    This is an incredibly elegant vintage. It transports you into a world of luxury as soon as you get the first whiff of its nose of red berries, flowers, tobacco and spices. It possesses velvety substance and mellowness. A sure sign of the exceptional wine, you can drink it immediately or in 20 years time.

    Blend: 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec.

    About the Label: In 2006 Liber Pater invited contemporary artist Gérard Puvis to create a limited edition label for the year's vintage. Gérard's works include paintings, frescos, sculptures and murals with exhibitions both in his native France and abroad. The label art depicts Liber Pater, the god of wine, and joyful individuals in the midst of celebration.

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    Liber Pater, Graves, Bordeaux, France
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    Liber Pater began with the purchase of vineyards within the Landiras commune of the Bordeaux Graves region by Loic Pasquet in 2000. Loic continues to be creative force behind Liber Pater. Liber Pater is named in honor of the god of wine and merriment.

    Graves is a large region, extending 30 miles southeast of the city of Bordeaux, along the left bank of the Garonne River. It is the only Bordeaux appellation famous for both its red and white wines, though red producing vineyards cover well over three times as much area as the whites.

    In the late 1980s, the French created the separate appellation of Pessac-Léognan within the northern confines of Graves. It includes all of its most famous properties, and the southern suburbs of the city Bordeaux itself.

    In French "graves" is a term used to indicate gravelly soils.

    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.

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