2016 Vouvray “Le Portail”Champalou
France | Loire
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Surprisingly enough, this Saint-Emilion shows a striking kinship with the Brunello above. The aromatics are typical of Merlot grown in illustrious Bordeaux soils, of course, but on the palate it presents a delicate, rose-petal touch and ultra-fine grain that put it in the same family as the Sesti. Crafted from less than two hectares of organic grapes and vinified in a cramped garage, this is silky Saint-Emilion at its most seductive. Both wines may develop a bouquet of truffles as they age.
|Blend:||82% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc|
|Appellation:||St-Émilion Grand Cru|
|Producer:||Château Tertre de la Mouleyre|
|Vineyard:||50 years for 1.35 ha, 30 years for .15 ha|
|Aging:||35% of wine ages in cuves; 65% ages in new barrels|
When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:
1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.
Inspiring Thirst, page 174
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