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Bordeaux, 2015. Chateau Des Laurets

Bordeaux, 2015. Chateau Des Laurets

Item #: B0420R2IF
Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Bordeaux
Vineyard/Appellation: A.O.C. Bordeaux, France
Color: Very Deep Crimson
Nose: Black Cherry
Palate: Dense Plum, Chocolate
Finish: Spice and Cassis
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2030/Red Meat/14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Sometimes the label doesn't give you all the essential information. We know that Laurets comes from the spectacular 2015 vintage and is in a sub-appellation of Saint-Emilion, all of which provides us with great anticipation.

The chateau was built in 1860 and enjoyed an excellent reputation for nearly 150 years when it was purchased by Edmond de Rothschild of Chateau Latour. Once that is thrown into the mix, the lens narrows down to a very fine point as it doesn't get any bigger than those two names.

As good as the wines were before, they are even better now. Along with the Rothschild name comes the responsibility and the expectations that what is in the bottle is extraordinary no matter where the grapes came from, and they never fail to deliver.

The average age of the vines is 25 years, and they are spaced very close together, which means there are almost twice as many vines per acre than what you'd find in most vineyards. It also means each vine need only produce about half the grapes to get the same yield. Like any agricultural product, less is more. The less produced, the more the flavor.

The result, of course, is monumental. While still a powerful experience, Laurets also exhibits the subtlety range of great Bordeaux to enhance any dish from pork loin in a mustard sauce or a wedge of Stilton.