2017 Paul Barre Aux Caudelayres Bordeaux

$34

66% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec

This Bordeaux is aromatic and fruit forward with hints of currant, black cherry, and plum on the nose. The palate continues to develop with an earthier touch of rose, truffle, coffee, leather and tobacco. Open 30 minutes before consumption.

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Red Blends Wines

One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

Bordeaux, France

The largest region within France, Bordeaux has made quite the name for itself with its prestigious producers and fine wines. Bordeaux, having a moderate maritime climate, sees much influence from the nearby gulf stream including warming effects, rainfall and humidity which is why you’ll find a number of their vineyards closer to the ocean with a high gravel soil content. You may hear the term “Bordeaux Blend” thrown around or used in other countries pertaining to their wines that are made from multiple “Bordeaux” grape varietals and blended together. When this term is used it means the winemaker has included these 5 main grape varietals that are traditional to the Bordeaux region: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Customary white grape varieties from Bordeaux are Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle. In the famous regions of Sauternes and Barsac you’ll find these classic white grapes used to make top quality sweet wine.

Bordeaux has many distinguished appellations within the large region often characterized by “left bank” or “right bank.” The Dordogne and Garonne rivers form the Gironde Estuary that divides the Bordeaux vineyards into these separate “banks.”  Falling on the left bank are the principal districts of Médoc/Haut-Médoc, Graves and Sauternes. Within each of these districts lies smaller appellations home to some of the most famous Château houses around the world. On the opposite side, Saint-Émilion and Pomerol make up the right bank where a vast majority of the Merlot grape is grown.

Paul Barre is known for his viticultural approach as being one of the first winegrowers in Fonsac to adopt biodynamic principles. Settled along the Dordogne river since 1974, he owns Château la Grave as well as the Fleur Cailleau Domaine, founded in 1982. The domaine covers 8 hectares of vines that have been ploughed by horse since 2013. Paul’s son Gabriel will soon take over as head winemaker, carrying on the family tradition. 

 

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