Bernard Grelaud is the third generation of the Grelaud family who are the proprietors of Chateau Tenein. The chateau is on the Right Bank of Bordeaux just East of St. Emilion and shares many of the same properties of its famous neighbor. It is a relatively small property by Bordeaux standards, at just 37 acres consisting of 55% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc. Tenein earned its organic certification in 2013.
Winemaking here hasn't changed much in the last 200 years. The grapes are picked by hand and fermented in a very cool cellar for 20-25 days. This is a particularly long fermentation and extracts more color and flavors from the skins than shorter times. After fermentation the finished wine is placed in oak barrels for 12 to 15 months depending on the vintage and then allowed to rest another year or two in the bottle before being released.
Our selection comes from the amazing 2015 vintage. While Bordeaux boasts three or four "vintage of the century" every 10 years or so, this one has all the credentials attesting to this. It is the purest expression of Bordeaux we've tasted in some time.
Pervasive black fruits wallop the palate and deposit flecks of plum, anise, spice and earth along the way, finishing with a long-expression grace. Every nuance is expressed from beginning to end and begs an enticing array of flavors to match, from an Asian-inspired flank steak to a rack of lamb with serrano mint pesto.