Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wine of the Day

Since I've been reading up on Saint Emilion and sharing my knowledge with you, I thought I would focus on a Saint Emilion wine today!  What do you say?

Alright, so today's selection is:

Chateau Boutisse
Saint Emilion Grand Cru
14% alc
 70% Merlot 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

Colour: Inky red
Nose: Black cherry, vanilla, oak, and subtle mocha flavours
Palate:  Full bodied with firm tannins. Big cherry taste, with dark chocolate undertones
Serve: At room temperature with with roasted and grilled meats and cheeses

Remember what we learned about Saint Emilion?  Well 2005 was THE vintage.  Robert Parker rated SE 2005 99 points!! This wine is reflective of this fact, and trust me, it flies off the shelves. 

Since Greg just got back from visiting with the boys at Boutisse, I will share a little about the vineyard, history, and wine:

  • Chateau Boutisse was purchased in 1996 and is the Mihade's flagship vineyard.
  • 23 hectares planted primarily with Merlot
  • Soil is chalky clay with limestone
  • Vines are betweem 25 and 30 years old
  • This specific wine underwent prolonged fermentation with its natural yeast, followed by 3 weeks of maceration.
  • It's oaked for 18 months in new barrels,  and fined every 3 months with egg whites (I'll have to do a blog on this, it's quite interesting), and lightly filtered before bottling.
All in all, this is a great value wine. It's still a bit young, but give it another 5 years and this baby will pop! 

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