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Chateau Suau L'Artolie Rouge 2009

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Country:France
Region:Bordeaux
Grape Types:Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Winery:Suau
Organic:Yes
Product Description

Chateau Suau L'Artolie Rouge is made from 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc. Hand harvested and destemmed grapes, fermented in custom made 500-liter French oak barrels and then aged in traditionnal 225-liter French oak barrels for 15 months. Production is 4,500 bottles.
"Artolie" is the name of an outstanding parcel planted with Merlot at high density (7000f/ha), selected rootstocks, on a gravely slope overlooking a stream which name is "LeArtolie".


Review: Fermented in large barrels to preserve the fruit, this is a dense wine, full of the ripe red-berry and black-plum flavor that’s layered with mint and new wood notes. Juicy, rich and concentrated, this is worth aging for at least five years. - 91 Points Wine Enthusiast

Winery: Suau

The Chateau Suau Estate
Hidden behind a row of 100-year-old oaks, Chateau Suau was once the hunting lodge of the Duc d'Epernon. It was restored in the 16th century and in 1687, during the reign of Louis XVI, the chateau was owned by the Suau family of Capian. Monique Bonnet purchased the Château in 1986. She lends her impeccable style and elegance to this Bordeaux estate that represents a great value in today’s French wine market.
Important changes have been implemented at Chateau Suau since 2008 :

1/ A change in the AOC. From the 2008 vintage on, Chateau Suau's « Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux » will now be known as « Cotes de Bordeaux and « Cotes de Bordeaux -Cadillac ».
There will no longer be « Premières Cotes de Bordeaux »
Château Suau will use the appellation "Cadillac" on its labels due to its area of production. This "village" appellation lends itself to its enduring notoriety and the image that it represents. As with its namesake, the luxury Cadillac, this wine is the "Cadillac" of wines!
As a result of these changes, all the labels and packaging have been redesigned to reflect the new appellations. These labels will be a reflection of the strong and symbolic identity with Cadillac. This AOC is made with a rigorous set of specifications, which allow it to be named after the village of Cadillac.

Chateau Suau Tradition "Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux" becomes Chateau SUAU Cotes de Bordeaux
Chateau Suau Prestige "Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux" becomes Chateau SUAU Cotes de Bordeaux - Cadillac

2/ Since 2008, Chateau Suau has been converting its vineyard to organic agriculture techniques. Certified by Ecocert, sensitive to environmental problems and consumer-concerns, this healthy, progressive and sensitive conversion will be completed in the year 2012. This action also stays true to Chateau Suau's history for exceptional quality as it was once the home of Joseph Guenant, Vice President of the Agricultural Society.

Chateau Suau is one of the first vineyards of Bordeaux to start its ISO 14 001 certification. This process begins by implementing an EMS, Environnemental Management System (SME in French) of the wines of Bordeaux, intiated by our CIVB. The EMS aims to reduce the impact of wine production on the environment while improving overall productivity.
This environmental management tool integrates both energy consumption, the sorting and recycling of waste, methods of pest control, cropping patterns, health and safety of employees, residents and consumers.....We feel that these changes complement perfectly with our approach to an organic farming culture.

The Chateau Suau Vineyard
The vineyard is situated in the Cotes de Bordeaux-Cadillac appellations, and encompasses 65 hectares (160.55 acres) of red grapes: 10% Cabernet Franc, 55% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon; and 7 hectares (17.3 acres) of white grapes: 50% Sémillon, 30% Sauvignon, and 20% Muscadelle. The vines, planted in gravel and clay "terroir", benefit from favorable south-south east facing slopes and plateaus.
The vineyard is farmed with the culture raisonnée method, in conversion to an organic farming. The soil has a gravel and clay base. The red wines are aged in a combination of French oak barrels. No oak is used for the dry white wine produced.

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Chateau Suau Cadillac vin doux 2010 (500ml)

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Pago de los Capellanes Reserva 2015
Pago de los Capellanes Reserva is made from 100% Tempranillo.

After carefully monitoring the vineyards, we determine the date of the harvest based on the maturity of the grapes. The varieties are collected and fermented separately in 20,000 litre tanks.

In 2007, production was just less than 5000 kg per hectare. This wine is prepared with Tempranillo 100% grapes from our vineyards.

The grapes are initially subjected to a six-day pre-fermentation cold maceration below 14ºC. They then undergo 30 days of alcoholic fermentation at a controlled temperature of 28ºC, after which the wine is removed from the tanks without pressing the grape skins. The malolactic fermentation is slow and relaxed at a temperature of 20 ºC for 28 days without the addition of bacteria.

The wine is aged for18 months in new French oak barrels and is decanted into new barrels every six months. At the end of this period, the wine is blended and bottled without undergoing any type of filtration, clarification or cold treatment.

Prepared with Tempranillo grapes (100%), this wine has a ruby red colour with very pure, intense garnet tones.

Its bouquet has fine complexity with tones of ripened fruit, especially cherries, blue berries and black currants, which are in harmony with tones of good wood, spices (vanilla and coconut) and a liquorice undertone.

In the mouth, this wine displays great balance, proving pleasing to the taste, sweet due to the maturity of its tannins and exuberant on account of its pleasant level of acidity.

Vineyard: 

Pago de los Capellanes, Pedrosa de Duero. 

Variety composition: 

100% Tempranillo.

Type of soil: 

Clayey and chalky. 

Aging: 

18 months in barrel and remainder on rack.

Type of oak: 

100% French oak, medium toast.

Serving: 

Uncork and decant one hour before serving at a temperature of 16-18 ºC.

 

Review:

Expansive nose of ripe blackberries and cherries with fine oak, then an impressive balance between the fruit and well crafted, dry tannins on the full palate. Long finish that's fresh but not tart. Drink now or hold. -James Suckling 92 Points
 92 Points