Clos de la Cure - Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Bordeaux Rouge 2018 750ml (15.5% ABV)
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A portion of the Clos de la Cure vines are located in a beautiful walled vineyard near the church of Saint Christophe des Bardes on the plateau of Saint Etienne de Lisse. While the average vine age is 30 years, it is believed that root stock of the vines were planted on these plateaus in the Middle Ages.
Old sandy soils, one parcel has sandstone with iron deposits, the other is gravel.
Big and brooding, cedar, elegant purple and black fruits, cassis, herbs, minerality, finishes tart chalky tannic grip with hints of French vanilla bean.
region: Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
varietal: 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc
style: big red
farming/cellar: sustainable, prefermentation cold soaking. Vinified in tank with punch downs followed by a 4 week maceration in temperature controlled tanks. 40% malolactic fermentation in barrel, the rest in tank which is later transferred to barrel for ageing on the lees. Aged 12-15 months in French oak, 50% of which is new.
pairing: lamb shoulder with rosemary & thyme, French dip sandwich, char grilled flank steak