Deliciously mature Bordeaux. This has lovely presence - it’s savoury yet retains lovely dried fruit flavour. A bargain.
Wine: CHATEAU FRANC-CARDINAL Francs Côtes de Bordeaux 2008
Producer: Chateau Franc-Cardinal
Region/Country: Francs Côtes de Bordeaux, France
Grape/s: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
Production Method: Organic viticulture and traditional winemaking with cold soaking followed by maturation in oak cask
Style: Soft and plush. Classically mature Right Bank Bordeaux with dried red fruits and leathery, savoury complexity
Pairing Suggestion: Chateaubriand!
Profile: Commonly known as a famous blending partner to Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, it is in fact the most widely planted variety in the region. On the Right Bank, in the communes of Pomerol and St-Emilion, Merlot is at home, and produces some of the world's greatest red wines. It is typically soft and plush, with moderate acidity and ripe tannins. The fruit profile is plummy and generous, and with low yields achieves great concentration. In the hands of top producers, often with a smattering of the Cabernets added, it is capable of producing wines of eminent drinkability and longevity.
Classic Regions: Bordeaux (France), Coonawarra (Australia), China
Château Franc-Cardinal, today covers about 10 ha divided into 3 distinct plots about 2 km distant from each other. Despite their soils looking similar superficially, they are in fact very different, which contributes to the complexity of the wines when assembled. This fact, in some cases, can help to protect the crop from climatic accidents. The vines are planted on well exposed and well drained slopes which are particularly suited to Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In order to obtain fine wines expressing the local soil which is also just as fine, our vines are cultivated as naturally as possible: truly organic with no herbicides; no pesticides; manual leaf thinning and natural soil treatment.