2005 Saransot-Dupre, Listrac

SKU #1033589

Superb wine-packed with ripe fruit-super long on the palate. Saransot-Dupré is produced only from the property's old vines and is traditionally aged in oak barrels. Marked by fully mature tannins joined together with a supple and round personality, qualities giving the wine an elegance that makes it easily enjoyable in its youth. This character comes from a vineyard planted mostly with merlot and cabernet franc. Contrary to the Médoc practice favoring a predominance of cabernet sauvignon. The Château's planting is actually a return to tradition since merlot and cabernet franc were the commmune's main grape varieties according to INAO when the Listrac appellation was created in 1957. 56% merlot, 24% cabernet sauvignon, 15% cabernet franc, 3% petit verdot and 2% carmenere aged in oak barrels, 30% new. K&L's Clyde Beffa and Ralph Sands love this wine. It sold out very quickly its first time around. Don't dawdle!

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2008 | Send Email
While this is a Left Bank wine, the property’s owners follow an earlier tradition in Listrac, which favors merlot and cabernet franc over cabernet sauvignon. As a result, the wine is famous for its supple tannins and youthful grace and elegance. Red fruits dominate the nose at this stage. The ripe cherry fruit is sweet and concentrated. Silky tannins provide balance without obstructing its admirable finish.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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