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2015 Haut-Médoc

Château Aney
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We found ourselves with an uncommon treat on our hands when this red wine arrived in Berkeley recently. First, it’s not often that we are able to import bottles that have aged beautifully over many years at the domaine where they were made. Second, this cuvée represents the only wine we import from the famed left bank of Bordeaux, between Saint-Julien and Margaux in the heart of the Médoc, where the moderate climate of the riverbank and gravelly soils are perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon—the leading grape in this blend.
     The label says Château, and despite the stunning price, this bottling holds up to the noble moniker while also being honest, accessible, and terroir-driven Bordeaux. Seven years old, it is in a magical place today, showing a more velvety and relaxed side than it did when it was first released. Evoking notes of blackcurrant, black cherries, and tobacco, this Haut-Médoc will pair beautifully with lentil soup, rib eyes, or lamb stew.

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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