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Les Parcelles de Stéphane Derenoncourt

Les Parcelles de Stéphane Derenoncourt
2012 St. Emilion

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Saint Emilion

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Les Parcelles de Stéphane Derenoncourt
2012 St. Emilion

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Saint Emilion

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dried citrus peel, caramelized dried berries, and beet relish with a soft, dry medium body and a medium-length finish with nuances of nutskin, earth, and hint of cinnamon with dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A nice and even dry French red for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Savory & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: dried citrus peel, caramelized dried berries, and beet relish
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of nutskin, earth, and hint of cinnamon
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Steak With Red Wine Demi-Glace, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice and even dry French red for the table.

The Producer

Maison Bouey

The Producer
1 Rue de la Commanderie des Templiers
Ambares, Bordeaux 33440
France

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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