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2012 Haut-Médoc

Château Aney

We are always excited when we get to bring you an aged selection straight from its maker’s cellar, particularly from a place like Bordeaux, where the great wines evolve beautifully over time. Château Aney is the only estate in our portfolio situated on Bordeaux’s Left Bank, between Saint-Julien and Margaux in the heart of the Médoc. The riverbank’s moderate climate and gravelly soils are perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon, the leading grape in this blend, which also includes some Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. “Château” in Château Aney does refer to the 1850 mansard-roofed building on the property, but the style of winemaking behind this cuvée—classic, terroir-driven, and unadorned—has little to do with the grandiosity you might imagine when you think of the region’s grand castles, and which has come to define Bordeaux in recent decades.
     This Haut-Médoc, made by David Raimond, whose grandfather bought and restored the property in the ’70s, is more akin to the wines we import from small family farms throughout France than it is to the reds made by Bordeaux’s grands châteaux, run by bankers, marketers, and enologists. Nearly a decade old, it is in a sublime place today and, while beautiful as soon as you pop the cork, it continues to improve after time in your glass, relaxing its chiseled frame and showing a more succulent and velvety side, evoking notes of black currant, black cherries, and tobacco.

Tom Wolf

$27.00
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2012
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 65% Cab Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Haut Médoc
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Producer: Château Aney
Winemaker: Jean, Pierre, and David Raimond
Vineyard: Planted in 1976, 30 ha
Soil: Gravel
Aging: Wines are aged for 12 months in barrel and 20-24 months in bottle
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About Bordeaux

map of Bordeaux

Often considered the wine capital of the world, Bordeaux and its wines have captured the minds, hearts, and wallets of wine drinkers for centuries. For many, the wines provide an inalienable benchmark against which all other wines are measured.

Bordeaux is divided into three winegrowing regions with the city that gives the region its name in the near geographical center. The “right bank,” or the area located east of the Dordogne River, produces wines that are predominantly Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The “left bank” is located to the west of the Garonne River and produces wines dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

The third region, Entre-Deux-Mers, lies between both rivers and produces white wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle. Though technically in the left bank, it is worth noting the appellation of Sauternes, which produces arguably the world’s most famous sweet wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle as well.

Though many top Bordeaux wines are sold en primeur (in advance of their bottling) and often through a middleman known as a negoçiant, Kermit has always preferred to purchase directly from the winemaker. For more than three decades he has sought out small producers, who make classic Bordeaux wines and are willing to play outside the negoçiant system. This ethic has led to longstanding relationships, excellent prices, and perhaps most important—wines of great value and longevity.

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