1999 Verdignan Rouge, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1053302

According to the Wine Spectator: "...berry and tobacco character. Light body. Fresh finish. Drink now." (Web only, 2002) Situated near Pauillac, these vineyards are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 5% Cab Franc. Verdignan, the estate, is notable by the beautiful architecture of its castle. Photo enthusiasts who stop here find many similarities with other architectural constructions médocain of the 18th century. On the stone lintel of the door's oldest vat of Verdignan there is ingraved a date: 1720! Ralph's notes: It may not be as exotic as Cos or as powerful as Montrose or even as classy as Calon, bu it is far less expensive than any of these and it's Bordeaux we can drink! Owner and winemaker Eric Miailhe also owns Coufran, and I was so impressed with both the houses for quality and value that I included them on my Taste the Greats of Bordeaux Tour in June 2008. The 1999, at only $10.99 drinks well now with some air.

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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.
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France

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Bordeaux

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