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Chateau Maltus

Bordeaux Blend,
 2016

$36.99 $29.99/bottle

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Description

Merlot-Cabernet Franc.  French oak.  Rich, complex, and generous bouquet.  Black fruits.  Long and structured finish

Variety: Bordeaux Blend
Region: Bordeaux, France
Winemaker: Vignoble Lassagne
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.0%

Winemaker's Notes

Beautiful sustained deep purple color. The bouquet is rich, generous, complex and reveals notes of black fruits. The iron-rich soil gives a fat and metallic taste, which many associate with truffles. The palate is round and powerful with well-integrated tannins

John's Notes

Enticing aromas of red and black cherry, blackberry, red plum, black pepper, vanilla, cinnamon, and swirls of toasty oak greet the nose. The supple yet firm palate offers notes of roasted black cherries, blackberry pie, red plum, and balsamic, with a long, toasty espresso and cocoa nib finish.  Great by itself, and I can only imagine how amazing this bottle would be with filet mignon.  Drink or hold.  Decant for 30 – 45 minutes

Nerdy Details

Winemaker:  Vignoble Lassagne, winemaker Nicolas Lassagne

  • Vignobles Lassagne is owned by Nicolas Lassagne and his wife Sabrina. It encompasses 32 acres over three properties:
  • Château des Arnauds (the original estate): this small 2-hectare estate was founded 1952 by Paul Lassagne, Nicolas’ grandfather. It is planted to 100% Merlot in the Bordeaux AOC. The soil has a little more gravel, perfect for this grape varietal, giving some flinty, mineral, ripe clean fruit flavors
  • Chateau des Landes: this property in the Lussac Saint Emilion AOC represents the majority of the vineyards owned by the Lassagne Family. Nicolas’ father Daniel joined the winery in 1979, adding the 27 acres that now encompass Chateau des Landes. It is planted with 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The soil is limestone and clay
  • Chateau Maltus is the latest addition to the Vignobles Lassagne, acquired in 2015. It represents 3 hectares located in the Lalande de Pomerol AOC

Variety: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc

Region: Lalande de Pomerol AOC, Bordeaux, France

Climate/Vintage:

  • Bordeaux’s moderate maritime climate benefits from warming Atlantic currents which extend the growing season, but also bring rainfall and humidity
    • Generally, maritime climates have a low annual difference between the hottest and coldest months of the year with moderate temperatures
    • Moderate temperatures generally translate to an average growing season temperature of 16.5° – 18.5°C (62° – 65°F)

Viticulture/Winemaking:

  • Soil: Clay and gravel with iron oxide
  • Average age of vines: 55 years
  • Fermentation 45 to 50 days in stainless steel temperature-controlled vats
  • Malolactic fermentation in barrels
  • Aged 18 months in new French oak barrels with wood originating from the Limousin and Allier forests

Alcohol: 14.0%

Pairs Well With: Grilled pork chops, beef stew, any strong cheese

Reviews

Wine Enthusiast (90): This structured wine is dense and packed with ripe, jammy Merlot. The richness of the wine is balanced by acidity and emphasized by the dark chocolate and full aftertaste.  Roger Voss 5/1/19

Jeb Dunnuck (90): A blend of 80/20 Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Chateau Maltus spent 18 months in French oak before bottling. This deep ruby/purple-colored Lalande-de-Pomerol boasts outstanding notes of chocolate covered cherries, blackcurrants, dried earth, and licorice. With medium body, a rounded, mouth-filling texture, and supple tannins, it’s an incredibly charming, delicious 2016 to drink over the coming 8-10 years

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