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2016 Loyasson, Bordeaux

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About the winery: "A family business for 3 generations, located in Sauveterre de Guyenne, Vignobles Ballarin produces red wines in Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur appellation, under the names of Château Loyasson and Château Roc Levraut. The vineyard consists of 40 hectares of vines consists of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet on clay and limestone. Rémi Ballarin, 3rd generation of winemakers, manages the operation since 2001. Passionate about terroir of Bordeaux, he cultivates his vineyards in ways that preserves nature and the environment." (from the producer)

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Staff Image By: Cliff Spinola | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2018 | Send Email
Based on the reviews of my colleagues and Clyde himself, I had to get my hands on this wine. And instead of buying a single bottle first, I jumped right in and bought a case. I'm sure glad I did! This wine hits all the right Bordeaux tasting notes offering great balance between fruit and earthiness, acidity and tannins, making it a very approachable, every day wine for food pairing or pleasurable sipping.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/9/2017 | Send Email
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$10.99 are you out of your mind? The 2014 and 2015 sold out quickly-this will also. Another of our finds on the 2017 Bordeaux trip. Spicy, jammy, vibrant red-just like most of the 2016s. Lively and sweet with red berry flavors. A must buy. Toasty oak for $11?
Drink from 2017 to 2027

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2017 | Send Email
I was very impressed with the seriousness of the wine at this price range. Plum notes with a soft but nicely framed core and beautiful woodsy notes,

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2017 | Send Email
This early release 2016 is filled with ripe and creamy cocoa infused cherry fruit in a smooth and enjoyable style. This is fresh, lifted and ample for easy quaffing.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2017 | Send Email
The Bordeaux region is flexing its value wine-producing muscles with this gem that is absolutely delicious and only $10.99. It has a complex and tasty flavor profile with notes of smoky game, herbs, red fruit and licorice with a great balancing acid and nice earthy spice on the finish. This would make for a great house wine and can proudly be shared with guests.

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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 M├ędoc 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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.