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2018

Chateau Gantonnet Rouge

Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Bordeaux

14.5 Alcohol

Introduction

Perhaps the world's single most famous wine region, Bordeaux can be difficult to understand, in no small part because their wines can range from the inexpensive and straightforward to the dizzyingly pricey and complex. Add on the region's complex hierarchical classifications and overlapping subregions, and it's no wonder it can often take years to understand. So if you've steered away from Bordeaux for any of these reasons, but wanted to learn more, we've got the perfect primer: Chateau Gantonnet's flagship Bordeaux Rouge, a WineCollective member exclusive. Hailing from the subregion of Entre-deux-Mers (literally "between two seas," after the two tidal rivers that border the region), Chateau Gantonnet has been producing estate-bottled cuvées since the 19th century. Their red is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, from vineyards planted on clay- and limestone-rich soils. It's vinified in a fruit-forward, modern style, with minimal oak influence. While it's ready for immediate enjoyment, this wine could age elegantly for at least another 5 years. Serve at about 18 C.


How it looks

How it smells

Classic Bordeaux on the nose, with plenty of ripe red and blue fruit, in the form of blueberry, blackcurrant, red and black plum, and bramble. There's hints of wet stone, along with dried herbs and a faint waft of campfire smoke. Complex and perfectly balanced between sweet fruit and earthy savouriness.

How it tastes

Ripe red fruit abounds on the plush, generous palate of this medium-bodied red, with flavours of cherry, plum, and raspberry. The lingering finish has plenty of lift from the bright acidity, and the tannins are still youthful and grippy. Worth decanting in the short term, this has the structure to age gracefully, which will allow the tannins to soften and the subtle earthy notes to shine.

Recommended food pairing

Opt for a tried-and-true classic like boeuf bourguignon, or for a vegetarian alternative, try with a hearty mushroom and lentil stew.

2018Chateau Gantonnet Rouge

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