Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, Château Tour de Capet, Bordeaux, France, 2014

£42

Château Tour de Capet is a Saint-Émilion Grand Cru. The property lies to the south of Saint-Émilion, close to the village of Saint-Hippolyte. The 10 hectares of vines enjoy an excellent position with good southerly exposure, making a ripe, full-flavoured wine that offers exceptional value. The vineyard is next to those of Château Capet-Guillier and the two wines are made in the same cellar, by the same winemaking team led by Stéphane Derenoncourt. Since 2009 the property has been run by Antoine Moueix Propriétés, a producer with over a century’s experience on the Right Bank of Bordeaux.After gentle destemming, the berries were placed, uncrushed into concrete vats. Temperature-controlled fermentation took place at temperatures rising from 24° to 28°C with four to five weeks maceration and gentle extraction by manual punching down three to four times a day. The wine was then aged for 12 months in French oak casks (one third new, two thirds in one or two year old barrels).The fertile clay and silt soils result in an open, forward style of wine. Crop thinning in the spring and leaf plucking in the summer ensures the fruit ripens evenly. Yields from the 30-year-old vines are 45 hectolitres per hectare.

Food pairing ideas : risotto ala Milanese, three-meat stuffed cabbage rolls, baked beef brisket.

This wine is intense purple in colour, with aromas of dark berries, tobacco and mint with hints of spice and vanilla. On the palate, it is full bodied with soft, velvety tannins and a long, juicy finish.

Feature(s): Vegetarian
Winemaker: Benoit Coq
Alcohol (ABV): 12.5 %

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