About This Wine
Through the first six decades of the 1900s, Bordeaux wines were an “acquired taste.”
Bordeaux has always been one of the world’s winemaking meccas, but its red wines could be extremely tannic, making aging a necessity. It could take years — and, in some cases, decades — for those tannins to smooth out and a wine’s full personality to reveal itself.
A big change (for the better, in our humble opinion) came during the 1980s when Bordeaux grape growers and vintners collectively changed the way they thought about ripeness at harvest time. The vintners began trusting their palates as well as their sugar measuring devices, and the quality of the wines skyrocketed. Ever since, the red wines of Bordeaux have been much more accessible at earlier ages, yet remain capable of long-term cellaring.
The featured Chateau Roc de Candale from the 2004 harvest is already drinking beautifully. And because its grapes were picked at optimum ripeness, it still has a lot of life left in it.
About Bordeaux Blend
A Bordeaux Blend is a blended red wine with six varities: Cabernet, Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere.
- Grape Composition:90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc
- Grape Source:St.-Emilion Appellation in Bordeaux Region of France
- Aromas & Flavors:Pretty Berries and Cedar
- Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2010
- Food Pairing Suggestiona grilled burger topped with sauteed onions, or your favorite cut of beef steak.