2015 Lamothe Castera, Bordeaux

SKU #1312825 Wine Enthusiast

 A bright and juicy wine, this has good potential. Its red-berry fruits are right up front along with some light tannins. Drink this fruity wine from 2018. (RV)  (9/2017)

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In case you haven’t yet heard, the 2015 vintage in Bordeaux was another in a string of greatest vintages of the century, following in the hallowed footsteps of 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010. While I can’t help making a bit of fun of the hyperbole that the Bordelaise seem so often to invoke, the 2015 vintage is indeed fantastic. You would be wise to indulge in it. I have now travelled eight times to Bordeaux to taste en Primeur, and I can say unequivocally that 2015 is equal to 2009 and 2010 in quality. With Classified Growth Bordeaux prices ranging from $30 to $1,200 a bottle, we have come to expect them to be great. But the real test of a vintage is the affordable wines, and in 2015 they are outstanding. To get a wine of the quality of the 2015 Château Lamothe Castera for only $8.99 is unbelievable! Lamothe Castera is a 75-hectare estate located in the Entre-deux-Mers area of Bordeaux. It’s owned by Renaud and Claire Jean, who fashion the wine from both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The 2015 Lamothe Castera comes from 30-year-old vines and is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot aged in stainless steel tanks. The resulting wine has a dark cherry and blackberry feel with rich berry aromas, hints of dark chocolate and mocha notes. Supple and approachable, this is an ideally affordable Bordeaux, a wine you can enjoy on a nightly basis without breaking the bank. (Alex Pross, K&L Wine Club director)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2017 | Send Email
Grown on well-drained gravel and clay soils, this attractively crimson-hued Bordeaux is a mouthwatering blend of 45% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Cabernet Franc, delivering delightful aromas and supple, round flavors of cherry, blackcurrant, vanilla and toast, with smoothly-defined tannins. Pair with a grass-fed burger and swiss cheese, this is an excellent everyday Bordeaux value from a fine vintage.
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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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