Daily Wine 10/23/2017

Structured and ripe with a great balance of tannin and black fruits. 

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.

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