***MEDAL WINNER @ CONCOURS DES GRANDS VINS DE FRANCE*** ***88 Parker Points***
Country: France Region: Bordeaux Superieur
Varietal: Merlot 50% / Cabernet 40% Cabernet Franc 10%
Vintage: 2016 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.
Ageing Potential: 5 to 7 years
The Chateau 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 2016 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 don't 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