French red wines are amongst the best in the world. It is tough for those who never studied wines to understand the meaning, the taste, the origins, and the variations of our dearest French legacy. Usually in fine restaurants, a sommelier is present to help you get a unique experience. You will enjoy the wine, its texture, and its flavors in harmony with your food. The sommelier will guide you to find the perfect match for your pallet. To understand a little more about French wines you have to learn the meaning of what you can read on the bottle. The Parisian Flair pick is a Château Lascombes Margaux.When you look at the tag (etiquette) you can easily see that it is a Bordeaux wine.
A Bordeaux blend is any mix of these grape varieties typically used to make the red wines of Bordeaux (Bordeaux) In the USA, it’s equivalent is “Meritage” (Meritage) Even though the wine industry is going global with its worldwide expansion, wine enthusiasts recognize that the Bordeaux style red wines are more inclined to come from the French South Western region of Bordeaux’s vineyards. When is the best time to drink a Margaux appellation wine?
2004 – 18,5/20 : dense and smooth – Apogee : 2012- 2025
2005 – 20/20 : absolute success, a very good wine – Apogee : 2015-2030
2006 – 18,5/20 : nice tannic texture, very refined, redolent of 1996 – Apogee : 2015- 2025
2007 – 18/20 : nice texture, great finess and length – Apogee : 2018-2030
2008 – 18,5/20 : subtle and fine with brightness – Apogee : 2018-2028
2009 – 19/20 : absolute elegance – Apogee : 2020-2040
The Parisian taste buds : The Red Bordeaux blend is commonly known for having a strong structure and profound flavors. Berries and dark fruits are usually used to define the flavors of red Bordeaux. Tannins are inclined to be high in these wines, giving them a dense structure. It is always very impressive for a wine aficionada to know that the most common Bordeaux is usually made exclusively from the Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot blend. You can impress a great deal if you also know that the other components are Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Perfect food combinations : Mushrooms, wild game, gratins, ham, dry vegetables, green veggies, red meat with sauce, white meat, and dry cheeses. Now, if you read the tag you will find the appellation “Margaux”. Geographically speaking, it’s the largest appellation in the Medoc. Located in the Haut-Medoc district of Bordeaux. You have to stop by and visit the village of Margaux. The appellation rules specifies where, how and when wines must be made in order to earn the AOC Margaux label.
In the village of Margaux, the soils have a high gravel content, which leads to great drainage and a low intensity of nutrients. It is interesting to learn that vines grow well in deprived, free-draining soil. The poorer the earth, the deeper the vines must go to attain nourishment and water. For that reason, the vines are way stronger and can perfectly reflect the specific characteristics of the deeper soils. Margaux is renowned for producing well-rounded, softly perfumed wines, largely from Cabernet-Sauvignon. Their typical flavors and profile are frequently attributed to the local soils. In Margaux, the soils have a big gravel content which leads to excellent drainage and a low level of nutrients. Grand Cru vineyards, Haut-Medoc (©CIVB). If you continue reading more carefully what the bottle of red wine is saying you will come across the words “Haut-Medoc”. It is the large southern part of the greater Medoc. The Haut-Medoc is home to the ‘famous four’ Bordeaux appellations of Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Estephe and Saint-Julien, as well as the lesser-regarded Listrac and Moulis. They account for the majority of the wines produced here. The soil in the Haut-Medoc region is composed of gravels, which have been swept down river over time. The gravels sit on a base of clay.
Château Lascombes’ story : The estate started in the 17th century in the noble house of Comte Durfort de Duras. Until the French revolution in 1789, it belongs to the Lascombes family where its name comes from. In the middle of the 18th century, the family also establishes the wine’s quality at a second cru (vintage). After that, the estate had different owners. The most interesting owners were the Hue family when the wine got classified as a second grand cru (vintage) in 1855 and Chaix d’Est-Ange family who had the castle built in 1867. Then, the vineyard’s size got smaller and smaller. In 1952, a group of investors led by Alexis Lichine buys the estate and gets involved in its rebirth; by modernizing its installations and developing the vineyard. In 2001, an American real estate group named Colony Capital buys the estate. With Alain Raynaud and Michel Rolland as oenologist consultant, they reorganized the vineyard, modernized the wine vat (stainless-steal and oak) and rebuilt the cellar. Located at the heart of the Margaux village, the vineyard is now 207 acres. The grape planting is made out of Merlot (50%), cabernet-sauvignon (45%) and Petit verdot (5%). The vines’ average age is 35 years old. Château Lascombes is one of the biggest Medoc estate. Renowed worldwide. With a mix of tradition and modernity, it’s a powerful, concentrated, fruity and elegant wine. Today Dominique Befve manages the estate.
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