Bordeaux, 2016. Chateau Auguste

Bordeaux, 2016. Chateau Auguste

Item #: U0919R1IF
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Bordeaux
Vineyard/Appellation: A.O.C. Bordeaux, France
Color: Dark Crimson
Nose: Plum, Anise
Palate: Dense Cherry
Finish: Lengthy Plum, Spic
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/Red Meat/13.0% Alcohol by Volume

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Auguste is a Bordeaux Superieur in the Entre-Deux-Mers region producing 16,000 cases from 74 acres of 100% organic grapes. Vines were first planted here by the Romans some 2,000 years ago.

The monks developed the land during the Middle Ages, presumably to make sacramental wine. This continued up until the French Revolution of 1789, when the land was divvied up amongst the serfs who had worked on it.

The chateau is managed by winemaker Damien Landouar, a native of the historic town of Saintes, just north of Bordeaux. Damien is both the winemaker and the estate manager for Chateau Auguste. He's been an important presence here for over 20 years.

Chateau Auguste is a model of efficiency. Besides being organic, it is almost completely sustainable. Its grape mixture is classic Bordeaux, at 80% Merlot and 10% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

The soil here is mostly rocks and limestone, which means the vine's roots must dig deep into the soil to find a water table. In doing so they extract important nutrients from the soil and transfer them to the eager grape clusters to produce the complex flavors we look for in great Bordeaux.

Those flavors include - but are not limited - to blueberry, blackberry, plum, black cherry, licorice, and leather, all leading up to the grand and glorious finish.