2004 Verdignan Rouge, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1051357

Situated near St-Estephe, these vineyards are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 5% Cab Franc. Verdignan, the estate, is notable for the beautiful architecture of its castle. Photo enthusiasts who stop here find many similarities with other Médocain architectural constructions of the 18th century. On the stone lintel of the door's oldest vat of Verdignan there is engraved a date: 1720! This 2004 is balanced with silky tannins that are complemented by great acidity and red berry fruit. Perfect with a prime rib or rack of lamb. This wine is classic in style and has a deep core of sweet fruit. Decant it one hour. Clyde remembers the Verdignans of the '80s and early '90s as being a bit "rustic" This 2004 is delightful.

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2009 | Send Email
In general, I like the 2004 vintage in Bordeaux and the 2004 Verdignan confirms for me that impression. This wine has a nice nose and juicy berry fruit flavors that are reserved and balanced by hints of earth and minerals. Ready to drink now, it would pair well with hearty foods.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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