Bordeaux, 2020. Le Petit Bouchon

Bordeaux, 2020. Le Petit Bouchon

Item #: B0922R2
Vintage: 2020
Varietal: Bordeaux
Vineyard/Appellation: Bordeaux, France
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Berry, Spice
Palate: Nuanced Fruit
Finish: Soft, But Enveloping
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2023/Red Meat. Fowl, Vegetarian/15% Alcohol by Volume

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The name reflects the owner of Chateau Ferreyres, Florian Bouchon. The chateaux is located on the right bank of the Gironde River near Saint Emilion, one of the most famous appellations in France. Our selection is a lighter and more approachable version of the large and lovely wines of Chateau Ferreyres, but still has the signature of Florian, a master winemaker. Unlike the wines of Ferreyres, Petite Bouchon is 100% Merlot, which accounts for its lushness without a lot of tannins. All the vineyards are organic and feature biodiversity to protect the grapes, the workers and the environment. It's Bouchon's attention to detail which accounts for his superb wines.

Our selection proves that. The grapes are picked at night when the weather is cooler. This prevents any spontaneous fermentation should the skin crack on the trip to the winery. Next comes the hand sorting on conveyer belts where grapes that are too ripe or two green are discarded. They are then pressed and fermented at cold temperatures, which preserves the delicate fruit component. The winery has been completely organic since its planting in 2019. No chemicals have been used here, which means the vineyard is as pristine as possible. This process is more expensive to in the first place but ends up paying dividends in the future. Chemicals are very expensive and keep getting more so every year.

The result is a spectacular offering giving off flavors of currant and cranberry held together by the soft, delicate tannins. Serving with a variety of meats, cheeses and even fowl would be a delight.

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