Château l'Ormeaux Vieux, Bordeaux France 2011
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Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14% ABV
Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Bordeaux, France - Puisseguin Saint Emilion AOC
Beautiful bright and strong ruby color. The nose is full and tender. It exhales aromas of ripe fruit, with length and flexibility around smoky and spicy notes. The palate is elegant and nuanced. Both fresh and fruity, it reveals superb flavors of red berries, slight menthol touches and ends with crispy tannins.
Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. Merlot grapes are identified by their loose bunches of large berries. The color has less of a blue/black hue than Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and with a thinner skin and fewer tannins per unit volume. Merlot grapes tend to have a higher sugar content and lower malic acid.
Cabernet Franc is one of the major black grape varieties worldwide. It is principally grown for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Bordeaux style, but can also be vinified alone. Cabernet Franc is lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, making a bright pale red wine that contributes finesse and lends a peppery perfume to blends with more robust grapes. Depending on the growing region and style of wine, additional aromas can include tobacco, raspberry, bell pepper, cassis, and violets. In general, Cabernet Franc is very like Cabernet Sauvignon, but buds and ripens at least a week earlier. The vine is vigorous and upright, with dark-green, 5-lobed leaves. The winged bunches are elongated and small-medium in size. The berries are quite small and blue-black in color, with thin skins. Cabernet Franc can adapt to a wide variety of vineyard soil types but seems to thrive in sandy, chalk soils, producing heavier, fuller bodied wines there. The grape is highly yield sensitive, with over-cropping producing wines with more green, vegetal notes
Clos La Rose is perfect with grilled, roasted or stewed meats. A successful wine and food pairing with this red could be also with some cheeses such as Saint-Nectaire or with a multitude of Asian dishes and fish-based recipes like tuna.
- Beef bourguignon
- Burrata and Chorizo Risotto
- Pata Negra Toasts
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