Château de la Nauze is located in Bordeaux, on the east bank of the Gironde estuary, 30km north of Bordeaux city and about 15 minutes from the prestigious region of Saint Emilion. Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon is the sub-region where Château de la Nauze has been in production since 2007. Several smaller regions united in 2003 to form the Cotes de Bordeaux appellation, with intentions to better market their small and lesser known regions internationally. Château de la Nauze is labeled 'Bordeaux' under this association. In this region, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are most commonly planted, with lesser amounts of Cabernet Franc. The appellation permits small amounts of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carménère. The clay and limestone soils are ideal for Merlot, where it thrives and produces a softer and more approachable style of wine. Alternatively, Cabernet favours gravelly soils, like what is found on the west bank. This blend is dominantly Merlot (85%), completed by Cab Franc. Serve at 17C and enjoy by 2019.
Medium opacity, brilliant ruby, with garnet along the edges.
Bold aromas of cherry that are ripe, juicy and dark! Notes of plums and a bit of spice add some layers, a hint of eucalyptus adds freshness. A wet slate or soil note brings some mineral and earthy qualities.
Intended for early consumption, wines produced here are not meant to be aged for long periods. Like the Nauze, they are approachable even in their youth, allowing you to experience these styles of Bordeaux without waiting! Subtle use of oak provides a round body and light vanilla notes. There is a touch of licorice, complementing the black cherry and currants. Soft tannins, juicy to light acidity and a fresh fruit finish.
A crowd pleaser, this wine will compliment almost any family feast. Hold onto it for Thanksgiving or your next BBQ. From charcuterie to flank steak, it will enhance almost any dish.