2006 Clos Marsalette, Pessac-Léognan (Previously $35)

SKU #1047007

90 points Robert Parker: "A brilliant sleeper of the vintage from proprietor Stefan [sic] von Neipperg (the owner of La Mondotte, Canon La Gaffeliere, and Clos l’Oratoire), this gorgeous wine possesses all the character one expects from this area. A blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc, it exhibits sweet, burning ember, black currant, kirsch, roasted herb, and hot rock-like aromas, a medium-bodied texture, soft, round flavors, and a luscious finish. Consume it over the next 7-8 years." (02/09) According to the Wine Spectator: "Coffee bean, tobacco and berry aromas follow through to a medium body, with fine tannins and a medium finish... Best from 2010 through 2014." According to Tanzer: "Good red-ruby. Sexy, expressive aromas of raspberry, roasted meat, woodsmoke and tobacco; reminded me of a wild pheasant terrine. Lush, pliant and sweet, with excellent depth to its musky flavors of raspberry, smoked meat, hot stones, mocha and espresso. A mellow and delicious wine whose sweet tannins won't get in the way of enjoying it right now."

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 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 12/7/2011 
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The 2006 Clos Marsalette is a pleasant Bordeaux with predominant root-like or herbal flavors and hints of tobacco (perhaps this is what the critics were referring to as rocks or stones?) but not much fruit. It did open up a bit after an hour to breathe.
Drink from 2011 to 2012

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.