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Bordeaux, 2016. Chateau Marcadis

Bordeaux, 2016. Chateau Marcadis

Item #: B0819R1IF
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Bordeaux
Vineyard/Appellation: A.O.P. Lalande de Pomerol, France
Color: Very Dark Purple
Nose: Dense Plum
Palate: Imposing Cherry, Earth
Finish: Everlasting Cherry, Coffee
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2030/Red Meat/14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Some people have all the luck. It's what you do with it that matters. Jean-Michel Comme was born in Bordeaux and worked on the winemaking team for Chateau Pontet-Canet, one of the stars in Pauillac.

In 1998 he and his wife, Corinne, were able to purchase a 12-acre vineyard just across the river. Then they did what no one had dared to do, especially in Bordeaux. They ripped out all the vines and replanted every vine in a completely organic environment, becoming the first completely organic vineyard in Bordeaux.

In addition to being organic, the vineyard is also biodynamic. There are no machines nor chemicals, and there is no interference with how nature conducts itself. The Commes see themselves as guardians, facilitators and protectors of the soil they are fortunate enough to preserve. And while there is no absolute, scientific proof that organic farming produces better crops than traditional farming. The only thing we have to go on is that it tastes better. On that point, it is hard to argue.

Our selection is a blend of 63% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot. The grapes are hand harvested and brought into the winery in small batches. There, the stems - which harbor green flavors and bitterness - are removed.

Only the naturally occurring yeasts on the surface of the grapes are used in the fermentation process. The result is a spectacular culmination of minimalist methods producing the maximum in flavor. Purity and perfection in the glass.