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Prestige 2012, Clos Moléon, Château de Teste Graves

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Prestige 2012 - Clos Moléon, Château de Teste Graves

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The opinion of the sommelier

This month, let’s go to Bordeaux to discover this magnificent batch by Château de Teste. This wine perfectly reveals the richness of its terroir during the tasting. The colour is purple with dark pink reflection. At the nose I smelled surprising aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus. The wine is also characterized by a good length and it ends on a nice touch of acidity. 

 

Terroir

The specificity of the Graves appellation is that it got its name from its soil. In French, “graves” are round hard pebbles that are really appreciated by winemakers. Indeed, those retain the warmth provided by the sun during the day and give it back to the grapes at night. Therefore, the berries never stop ripening.

lecepageGrape variety

Merlot is the most grown variety in Bordeaux. It is known for giving warm wines with sweet flavours, a silky texture and soft and discrete tannins. To give more structure to the wines, merlot is really often blended with cabernet-sauvignon, which used to be the main grape in the Bordeaux area until the 20th century and is known to have a stronger structure.

lemillesimeVintage

This vintage suffered from a very bad weather during spring that slowed the blossoming. It means that all the grapes did not blossom simultaneously. The consequence was that a few months later, when the time of the harvest came, all the grapes did not have the same level of ripeness. In these circumstances, it’s the ethic of the winemakers that does everything: whether they use all the grapes and make a lot of average wine or they choose to use only the best grapes and the wines can be amazing. 

lerecoltant A winemaker, a familyt

Located in the bank of the Gironde River, Château de Teste overlooks the vines of the small village of Montprimpblanc which was before named Monte Primulus which means in Latin the daisies’ mountain. The vines did not always reign on the hills of the region! Nowadays, the daisies are gone and the estate belongs to Laurent Réglat, passionate winemaker who produces wines in several appellations: Sainte-Croix-du-Mont and Cadillac.
 
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At the nose I smelled surprising aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus.

 
 
  • Température :12° - 14°C
  • Carafage :Open just before serving. 
  • Garde : until 2021
Food and wine pairings
Mushroom pie
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Roasted duck breast
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Saint-Nectaire cheese
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Roasted chestnuts
 
 
Appearance -A beautiful purple dress with a streaming drop.
Purplish red
Nose -Sensitive and pleasant nose to the aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus.
Aromatic intensity :
Open and expressive
Wine Aromas :
Flowers
Spices
Aromas : cinnamon, hibiscus.

Mouth
- A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

Acidity level :
Fresh

Sugar Level :
Extra dry

Body / alcohol :
Light

Tannins :
Weak

Wood level :
Harmonious wood flavours

Aftertaste
: medium

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