OENOFOROS Product Details 0344 Oenoforos Château Gruaud Larose Saint-Julien 2000
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Country: France, Bordeaux, Saint Julien
Grape Varieties:
Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 29%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Petit Verdot 2%, Malbec 1%
Falstaff Magazin: 94/100

2000 is among the precocious years. The half-veraison is 9 days early (on August 6th).
From April to mid-August, the vintage seemed to be moderately hot with a surplus of sunshine and humidity. April was hot and very humid. May and June were hot and moderately rainy.
In spite of all this, the flowering was relatively quick and homogenous. July was cool and humid. The first fortnight of August was hot (5 days>30°C) with little rainfall. Quick veraison. A harvest spread over September and the beginning of October allowed for picking exceptionally healthy grapes.

Soil: Garonne gravel from the first quaternary, settled more than 600 000 years ago

Tasting Notes:
Full-bodied, yet very, very refined, with a centre core of fruit that tastes like crushed raspberries and goes on and on.

Food Pairing: Beef and Venison

Saint-Julien is a small but important red wine appellation of the Haut-Médoc district on the Left Bank of Bordeaux in south-western France. Its reputation is based on its status as a reliable source of consistently elegant, age-worthy wines.
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The Grape
Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and Australia.