We are very excited to kick off our new Bordeaux Series with this spectacular selection from Moulin Delille. The chateau is owned by the Audy family, a very substantial firm founded by Jean Baptiste Audy in 1906 and run by his descendants.
Bordeaux is the largest and most famous fine-wine producing area on Earth. There are over 6,000 producers here, 50% more than in California. Many producers are actual physical chateaux like Moulin Delille and many are growers or negociants.
Accepted theory says that the wine from the actual chateaux is better because it comes from one place and from one owner. But that's not necessarily true. While Audy owns Delille, they also make wine from grapes grown by growers and then fermented and aged in their massive cellars in Libourne. It's the dedication of the negociant that decides the quality more than any other factor.
There is a massive pecking order here. The wines considered the best come from specific villages that are generally quite small. In the case of this selection, the village is the highly-regarded Saint- Estephe, located on the left bank of the Dordogne River in the Haut-Medoc. It is also next door to the most famous village, Pauillac, which houses three of the five first growths.
Our blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot. It exhibits all the power and glory we expect from this appellation. There is the brooding nose of earth and plum and the extracted finish that seems to never end.
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