Bordeaux, 2011. Brun-Despagne Heritage

Bordeaux, 2011. Brun-Despagne Heritage

Item #: L0418R2IF
Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Bordeaux
Vineyard/Appellation: Bordeaux Superieur, Bordeaux, France
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Black Cherry, Blueberry
Palate: Soft, Engaging Plum
Finish: Soft Tannins
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2020/Red Meat, Game/13.5 % Alcohol by Volume

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Chateau Brun-Despagne is owned by the Querre Family in Saint-Emilion. They purchased the property in 1986 to add to their impressive portfolio of more than ten chateaux in Bordeaux.

All of their properties are on the right bank of Bordeaux, where the typical blend is Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Our selection is the classic combination of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.

Brun-Despagne is anointed with the Bordeaux Superieur designation. This is typically a better wine than those simply labeled Bordeaux. The only difference is the alcohol level.

Back when these designations were created, sunshine was at a premium. Bordeaux was lucky to have three good vintages out of ten. Today, all that has changed, but the Superieur designation signifies higher quality - something the Querre family takes quite seriously.

Many of their vines are 100 years old, producing wines of exceptional intensity. This 2011 vintage Bordeaux was aged in oak barrels, 20% of which were new. Very few chateaux can afford to do this at the Superieur level, but Chateau Brun-Despagne is not your typical chateau.

As a result, the wine is an overachiever for the designation, with layers of complex flavors and presence way beyond its peers. Wines of this quality are typically more expensive, but every now and then we get a jewel like this.

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