Daily Wine 10/23/17:
Château Tessendey – Rouge – Fronsac – 2014
- This wine is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from the region of Fronsac on the Right Bank of Bordeaux.
- The d’Arfeuille family has owned the winery since 1972, but have lived in the Libourne area since the 18th century.
- Arnaud d’Arfeuille has managed the estate since 2012.
- Château Tessendey owns eight hectares of vineyards along Fronsac’s sunny hillsides with optimal aspect.
- Arnaud also manages the Château La Serre, a Grand Cru Classé in Saint-Emilion.
- Stephane Toutoundji is the consultant winemaker.
- Soils here are clay over limestone. They get move alluvial the closer one gets to the river.
- Grapes are harvested mechanically and fermented in cement.
- This wine spends fifteen months aging in barrels, 20% of which are new.
- Bourg and Blaye to the northwest are where the Romans first settled in Bordeaux. The Left Bank was marshland until it was drained by the Dutch in the 17th Century.
- Pair this with pork and beef.