Our selection comes to us from Massanois Imports, a New York based fine wine importer and producer who controls over 150 wine properties all over the world. The bulk of their properties are in France and Italy. Their scope includes nearly every major wine growing region in each country.
Obviously, one of their most prized areas is Bordeaux, of which Les Carrelets is a major part. The name refers to the stilted huts which still lie on the river banks. Most are painted in different colors which gives the area the look of a Manet painting. Les Carrelets owns no vineyards, but purchase grapes from the many independent growers in the appellation. Bordeaux boasts some 12,000 producers but as many as 4,000 are grape growers and sell their grapes to producers like Les Carrelets.
Our blend here is 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. The grapes are grown with as little intervention as possible, meaning the barest of chemicals are used and only under the most dire of circumstances. This is as classic a rendition of Bordeaux as can be imagined. You are first introduced to the magical soil which can only spell Bordeaux. Vines are conduits to the soil as that soil puts its imprint on the grapes. In many cases that imprint is unmistakable, as it is here.
That earth evolves into hints of tobacco and leather and is then embraced by raspberry, currant, and vanilla. This symphony of flavors ends with the final notes of medium tannins and lovely earthy notes.