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2015 Haut-Médoc

Château Aney
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For centuries, the Dutch have gained renown for pioneering water drainage methods around the Netherlands, but their technological prowess has stretched far beyond their homeland. The Médoc region to the northwest of Bordeaux, for instance, had been salt marsh until the mid-seventeenth century, when Dutch engineers (many of whom loved Bordeaux wine) drained the land, exposing hundreds of hectares of gravelly soils that proved to be perfectly suited for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. Thanks to these engineers, the Médoc—and the Haut-Médoc, in particular—has become one of the most important wine regions in the world, producing complex and age-worthy reds made mostly from Cabernet Sauvignon as well as other grapes that make up the Left Bank’s supporting cast: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Here, between the famed communes of Saint-Julien and Margaux, Château Aney has produced wines of class and elegance for generations, thanks to savvy vignerons and ideal conditions. Tempered by the cool breezes blowing from the nearby Garonne River, the summer sun warms the round and polished river stones scattered through the gravelly soils, redistributing heat to the vines and helping them reach full maturation in early autumn.
     Nearly a decade old, it is in a sublime place today. While it is 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 blackcurrant, black cherries, and tobacco. Serve it with flank steak or a seared duck breast for a match made in Bordelais heaven.

Tom Wolf

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 65% Cabernet 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: 13.5%

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About The Region

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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A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

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