Listrac-Medoc sits at the ultra-high altitude of 43 MASL (Bordeaux is very flat). Over 10 years this Cru Bourgeois ranked Chateau has replanted their vineyards according to soil types and is converting their viticulture to organics.
In great vintages of Bordeaux, which 2010 absolutely was, you can find some real gems. This wine is right at its peak and shows the classic cassis, violets with oak, leather and earth. Long finishing and nice tannins, you have to take advantage of wines like these when they come along. Made of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot. They used 46% new oak.
At just 567 hectare, this is one of Bordeaux’s smallest appellations. It has a huge diversity of soil types. And like its neighbour Moulis, noone really knows about it so they can be amazing value. Quality can vary across Chateaux. But when you find a great producer, you’ll be in for the time of your life.
An old system that ranked wines below the Cru Classe. It was abolished but in 2010 it was re-introduced with a different goal. It is now an annual ranking system that is awarded based on final product and production methods. That means that Chateaux have to apply each year and if they are not up to standard, they will lose the rank for that year.
The noble variety of Bordeaux’s left bank. Firm tannins, a streak of acidity and punctuated by flavours of cassis, violets, spice and leather. The best examples can age for the long term. Often blending with Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Shiraz will fix the hole Cabernet has in its middle palate.
It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.