Bordeaux, 2015. Chevalier D'Arcins

Bordeaux, 2015. Chevalier D'Arcins

Item #: B0419R2IF
Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Bordeaux
Vineyard/Appellation: A.O.C. Haut-M?doc, Bordeaux, France
Color: Very Dense, Dark
Nose: Black Plum, Earth
Palate: Chocolate, Vanilla
Finish: Large and Lovely
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2035/Red Meat/13.0 % Alcohol by Volume

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Vineyards were first planted on this property in 1300. Like most chateaux, it passed through several hands until 1971, when it was purchased by the Castel family who run it today.

Like most winemakers, Antoine Medeville believes that great wine begins in the vineyard. In this case, their 230 acres are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Each acre has roughly 4,000 vines planted on it. The average acre in California has 900, but that is changing.

Obviously, it takes a lot more work to tend 4,000 vines than 900, but that's how it must be done. This arrangement allows each vine to produce one fourth the grapes of others and, in so doing, those grapes are much more flavorful.

The vines are so close together that everything must be done by hand. Add to that the fact that the vineyard is organic and sustainable, and you have a very expensive project to deal with.

But, that is the tradition here, and the quality of the product says there is no reason to change. Like our Saint-Aubin selection, D'Arcins is also a Cru Bourgeois from the spectacular 2015 vintage and steps away from Chateau Cos d'Estournel. Great company indeed.

Here is classic Bordeaux featuring an intensely dark color, which signals the dense nose of dark chocolate, licorice and black plums. Similar flavors shine on the palate, adding cherry and earth, and finish with thunderous applause.

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