2012 Downton Abbey
Bordeaux Claret

This classic Bordeaux red blend or “Claret” is an elegant, dry wine made with grapes from the renowned Entre-Deux-Mers (“between two seas”) region of Bordeaux, France. Here, sun-drenched vineyards on well-draining limestone and clay soils are situated between the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers. Warm days and cool evenings provide optimal growing conditions for the slow ripening of grapes and excellent flavour development.

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec -- three of the classic grape varieties of Bordeaux – were blended together in crafting this wine. Fruit was sourced from premium vineyards in the eastern part of Entre-Deux-Mers, a terroir particularly well-suited to these varietals. The wine was made using traditional vinification practices: Each varietal was vinified separately including temperature-controlled macerations of 4-5 weeks for maximum extraction of flavour and colour. The wines were then aged an additional nine months prior to final blending.

Deep purple in colour, this wine reveals gorgeous scents of wild berries including blackberries, raspberries and black currants in the glass. Additional spicy notes and hints of violet are contributed by the Malbec. On the round, well-balanced palate, more ripe fruit flavours merge seamlessly with velvety tannins from the Merlot. Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend gives added freshness, backbone and age-worthiness to this authentic Bordeaux bottling.

Winemaker’s Note: An excellent food wine, enjoy this Bordeaux Claret with cheeses, game, grilled red meats, hearty stews and more.

Vintage: 2012 | Apellation: Bordeaux AOP Varietal Composition:70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec Alcohol by volume: 13.0% | Total Acidity: 4.54 g/L pH: 3.67 | Residual Sugar: 1.6 1g/L Winemaker: Jean-Marc Dulong