Country: France Region: Bordeaux
Varietal: Merlot 50% / Cabernet 40% Cabernet Franc 10%
Vintage: 2018 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Chateau Roc De Levraut
Intense ruby red wine with layers of dark autumn fruits - damsons and blackcurrants with an underlay of sweet spice.
The "Roc de Levraut" receives its name from the enormous boulders that are scattered through the area of rolling hills composed of clay and limestone soils, a characteristic that was no doubt cursed by the original Ballarins who had to clear the soil with oxen, but now cherished because the terroir leads to a distinct sense of minerality in the tightly knit wines.
The 2018 is in the classic structured style that shows red and black fruit, a touch of cassis, that mixture of dark berry and sage-like herbal musk so prevalent in Bordeaux reds, and a lovely plump blueberry from the Cabernet Franc. The tannins are noticeable, but dont dominate the wine, suggesting instead that there will likely be a few years of ageing capacity here.
This is a remarkably tasty Bordeaux made in the classic mould, Delicious for drinking now but capable of cellaring for up to five years or more .Excellent Value
Food Matches: Beef / Lamb / Goat Cheese / Venison / Game