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The Classic Bordeaux from the Classic Family

September 3, 2013

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Where do you go when you look for a classic style of wine?? FRANCE DUH!!!!!

I know that in France everything is labeled and named for the town in which the grapes were grown and where the wine was made. One of the most classic and influential areas in the wine community is Bordeaux (pronounced “bore-dough”). This area is honestly one the best places in the world where wine comes from, Old world wine to be more exact. Ok right now you are asking yourself what in the world is Old World wine, well that is wine made in the countries of France, Italy, and Spain. I know, I know there can be arguments for other countries to be considered Old World but to keep it simple and easy I am just keeping it to these countries.

Now in the area of Bordeaux, it is split into two parts Left Bank and Right Bank. The Left Bank is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon based, while the Right Bank is primarily Merlot based. The traditional grapes that go into Bordeaux wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.

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Ok now to the wine in question: Chateau de Malengin, Montagne Saint- Emillion 2009.

First and foremost this wine is produced by, in my opinion, the most influential and prestigious wine making Families in the world, Rothschild.
To be more specific this wine is made by Baron Edmund de Rothschild.
This is a Right Bank Bordeaux which means it is Merlot based.
It is actually 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc (which is my favorite grape), and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
This blend of grapes, from this region, adds so much complexity to the wine. It is a dark crimson in color. A blend of smooth oak, dark cherries, blackberries, and a slight bit of earth on the nose. On the palate it is rich and luscious, the way a true Bordeaux should be, it has components of dark fruit, oak and a hint of cassis. The smooth tannins and long finish add to the skill of the winemaking. The wine is aged for 14 months in French Oak, do you really think the French would use anything but French Oak.
To add to this the wine is a 2009 vintage, this vintage has been dubbed the “Super Vintage.” This year was amazing growing conditions for wine in France. All the great wine critics have named this the best year and that just adds to it.

Would I recommend this wine to people to try something other than a California Cabernet Sauvignon?? YES!!!!
I want people to try wines from around the world because honestly you can go around the world in a glass of wine.

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