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Château Grand Lartigue 2009, Grand Cru, Saint Emilion

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Château Grand Lartigue 2009 - Grand Cru, Saint Emilion

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The opinion of the sommelierr

2009 is one of the best vintages Saint-Emilion ever produced. One could even compare it to the legendary 2005 vintage, known to have been the best vintage in Bordeaux for decades. Thus, it was important to me to select a wine that could introduce you to great Bordeaux vintages. And of all the wines I tasted, Château Grand Lartigue was the one showing best this wonderful combination of strength, fruit and tannins that 2009 gave us. This wine is to be paired with you best meals!

 

Terroir

The terroir of Saint-Emilion is one of the most famous in the world, and there is reason for that: it is also one of the best ! The ground is a mix of very old sand and wet clay. Moreover, the rules of the appellation are very strict: winemakers cannot make more than 40 hl of wine per hectare, and the wine has to age at least 12 months in oak barrels.

lecepageGrape variety

Cabernet franc is widespread in the right bank of Bordeaux, but also in the Loire Valley ! The terroir allows it to reach maturity one week before the cabernet sauvignon does, which allows the winemakers to take more time to protect the grapes during the harvest. It is widely grown in Saint- Emilion, and is even the main variety used for one of the most famous wine in the world: Château Cheval Blanc (60%). It is less tannic than cabernet sauvignon, so it ages faster and can be drunk earlier.

lemillesime Vintage

As I said, the 2009 vintage was exceptional in Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion. It didn’t start so well as the spring was very rainy, delaying the growth of the vines. But the summer was absolutely perfect. The sun shined nonstop for three months, and the weather was very dry, which helped to concentrate the grapes. Eventually, in September, the large gap between temperature at day and temperature at night gave a high sugar concentration to the grapes.

lerecoltant The winemaker

Pierre Chollet is the director of Château Grand Lartigue, a property which covers 5 hectares in Saint-Emilion. His company Vitis Vintage resurrected this forgotten estate in 2001. They built a new winery and completely changed the agricultural process. For example, Chollet decided to stop using chemical fertilizer.
 
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And of all the wines I tasted, Château Grand Lartigue was the one showing best this wonderful combination of strength, fruit and tannins that 2009 gave us.

 
 
  • Température :15° - 17°C
  • Decanting :Open 30 minutes before drinking. 
  • Aging potential : until 2019
Food and wine matching
Duck confit salad
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Stuffed quails
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Coulommiers cheese
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Chocolate cream
 
 
AppearanceIntense purple colour showing the aging potential.
NoseAt the nose, the wine is intense with blackberries and menthol aromas.
Aromatic intensity :
Revealing when aereating
Wine Aromas :
Red Fruits
Spices
Aromas : blackberry, menthol.

Mouth
The texture is silky with tastes of liquorice and pepper.

Acidity level :
Fresh

Sugar Level :
Soft

Body / alcohol :
Rich

Tannins :
Strong

Wood level :
Harmonious wood flavours

Aftertaste
: The finish is very fresh, creating a perfect balance with the tannins.

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