A few months ago we went to Connecticut to visit friends. Although we were running slighty behind schedule, I made sure to make a quick stop at one of the wine shops en route as I love to take advantage of different regional distributors and importers. One of my finds was a Côtes de Bordeaux that I have not seen on my local wine shop shelves, Château La Grange Clinet 2008. Château La Grange Clinet is located in the appellation Premiѐres Côtes de Bordeaux 15 km south of Bordeaux, in the village of St. Caprais, on the right bank of the Garonne River. Purchased and developed into a vineyard by Michel Haury in 1983, today the 123 acre estate is certified sustainable and consists of 70 acres of vineyards surrounding a 28 acre wildlife sanctuary. With a goal of creating a “friendly environmental culture for the grapevine”, and eliminating a carbon footprint as much as possible, many sustainable and organic practices have been employed; no pesticides or chemical treatments are used, human contact is extremely limited, use of organic fertilizers only such as crushed seaweed, recycling of all used water from the cellar, and playing sounds in the vineyard to prevent certain vine illnesses. With the equilibrium that they have sustained, they have found that the vines are more resistant have a “better ripeness”.
Transparent in garnet colour, after aerating delicate aromas of sweet cherry and subtle baking spices swirled about in the glass. Tart cherry, red current and raspberry flavours along with hints of green olives resided in the medium body. Dried autumn leaves and a bit of bitter green tea tannins composed the moderate finish. The composition of fresh flavours and palate cleansing astringency make for a pleasant, quiet glass for the table.
57% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc
Premiѐres Côtes de Bordeaux
Mis en Bouteille Au Château [Estate Bottled]
Enjoy now thru 2013