OENOFOROS Product Details 0313 Oenoforos Chateau Clos Marsalette 2017 Pessac-Leognan
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Country: France, Bordeaux, Pessac Leognan
Grape Varieties:
50 % Merlot, 48 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 2 % Cabernet Franc 
Average age of the vines: 20 years


Vinous Antonio Galloni: 92/100

By hand, into small crates to avoid bruising. Sorting before and after destemming. No crushing. The grapes arrive on a conveyor belt.

Fermentation: Red:
In temperature-controlled wooden and concrete vats. 

Duration of barrel ageing:
In new oak barrels (50%) on fine lees, for 15 to 18 months.

Tasting Notes: This is precisely what one wants from Pessac- Léognan: lots of flashy blackcurrant on the nose, with aromas including sweet spice and graphite. The palate reveals blackberry and plum fruit with silky tannins and a lovely freshness on the finish which is true to the classic 2014 vintage.

Food Pairning: Beef and Venison
Case Bottles: 12
Product Id: 0313




Available Stock: 31 items
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The Grape
Cab.Sauvignon & Franc & Merlot
Cabernet – Merlot – Syrah blends incorporate some of the world`s most popular red wine grape varieties, each of which are grown in almost every wine-producing country on earth. The Cabernet grapes (both Cabernet Sauvignon and, to a lesser extent, Cabernet Franc) are both classic blending partners for Merlot, whether individually or together. They are in fact the core ingredients of the traditional Bordeaux Blend. Less traditional, but increasingly common, particularly in the New World, is to add a component of Syrah, or Shiraz, to the mix.

Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah are all known for producing full-bodied, tannic styles of wine, so it is no surprise that a blend of these should have a similar style. Cabernet lends its structure and body, as well as classic varietal characters of green pepper and blackcurrant. Merlot adds a round, juicy mouthfeel, with Syrah giving the wines spicy, fruity overtones. While there are no hard and fast rules on the proportions used, the Bordeaux varieties tend to dominate, with Syrah used in much smaller quantities.

This wine is decidedly New World in approach, but the blend has been adopted by various Old World producers over the past couple of decades. It has become very popular in Tuscany, where many Italian producers are making export-oriented interpretations of the wine. It is also seen in Spain and along the Mediterranean coast of France, despite not being a permitted blend in any major appellations. This change has come in response to market demands and goes against the grain of tradition; there is little or no precedent in any French wine region for blending Rhone Valley varieties such as Syrah with the Bordeaux varieties.

The United States and Australia are leading the charge on this blend in the new world, making rich, ripe wines from Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah (or Shiraz as it is known down under). In the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale wine regions, Shiraz is often dominant, and the wines have more chocolate and mocha characteristics. In the U.S., the blend is found along the west coast, particularly in the Napa and Columbia Valleys of California and Washington respectively.

Blends of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah are made at various levels of quality, from drink-now styles to more concentrated examples that can be cellared for many years.