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Producer: Chateau La Fleur GrandsGrape Varieties: Merlot 80%, Cabernet Franc 15%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%Optimum Drinking: Within 10 yearsWine Style: Balanced fruit forward style of claretAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Spicy, dark fruits with herbal notes combined with earthy hints. A beautifully balanced wine with silky tannins.
The Durand family has owned the 7 hectare estate in the Montagne district since the 18th century. In 1969, Mr Carrere, Miss Durand's husband took over the estate giving it the current shape. Since 1997, his daughter Isabelle Fort, wife of Jean-Philippe Fort, oenologist from Michel Rolland's team, has been running the estate after having taught oenology and viticulture for 10 years.
De-budding, removal of the vine-shoots by hand, leaf-thinning, green harvest. No chemical fertilizer is used, only vegetal compost added moderately depending on the equilibrium of the soil. Hand picking with a slight overripeness to get a better phenolic maturity of the skins and the pips.
Sorting by hand after total de-stemming on a sorting table. 20% bleeding. Cold maceration before fermentation lasting 3 to 4 days. Fermentation in thermo regulated stainless steel vats with daily pumping lasting 3 weeks. 80% aged in vats and 20% in oak barrels.
Try with beef wellington or barbequed chicken.
Merlot 80%, Cabernet Franc 15%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%
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