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Chateau Le Loup

Chateau Le Loup
2014 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Saint Emilion

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13.5%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$68

Chateau Le Loup
2014 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Saint Emilion

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13.5%
Garnet black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasty berry-rhubarb pie crust, dark butter roasted nuts, and cappuccino with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long chocolate toffee, cassis chutney, and dusty earth finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A snappy, appetizing Bordeaux red with buoyant fruit a deft dash of oak.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Rich & Full & Savory
Aroma Aroma: toasty berry-rhubarb pie crust, dark butter roasted nuts, and cappuccino
Taste Flavor: chocolate toffee, cassis chutney, and dusty earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Skirt Steak With Roquefort, Leg Of Lamb, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A snappy, appetizing Bordeaux red with buoyant fruit a deft dash of oak.

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Bordeaux Saint Emilion

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Pomerol and St. Emilion are the two premier Bordeaux appellations on the other (right) side of the rivers from the city of Bordeaux and the glamour appellations of the Medoc; hence the term, "Right Bank."

The wines are quite different from those in the Medoc; the weather and soil vary significantly, and the primary grapes used in the region are the softer merlot and cabernet franc varieties, as opposed to the firm and tannic cabernet sauvignon of the Medoc. This makes for wines that are often much more attractive in youth; however, this doesn't mean these wines lack the ability to age.

St. Emilion is a much larger appellation than the Medoc with a significant percentage of cabernet franc helping to comprise the blend. This too makes for softer, though still well structured wines, with distinctive cedary, herbaceous, mineral-accented flavors. Increased production quantities make them easier to find, and a number of bargains are to be had for the savvy consumer.

A final note: Vintage assessments in Bordeaux tend to be weighted to the Medoc, as opposed to the right bank. A given vintage will be declared excellent or poor with the supposition that this is universally true, which is not always the case. The vintages of 1996 and 1997 are a case in point. While 1996 saw excellent wines produced in the Medoc, it was not nearly as successful on the right bank. Conversely, while a number of Medoc 1997s were disastrous, the wines of the right bank look to be excellent. Thus, while certain vintages may have been overlooked due to a bias against wines from the Medoc, the right-bank versions may have been unjustly lumped into the same pot.

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