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Clos Petit-Corbin Grand Cru

Merlot,
 2016

$36.00 $31.99/bottle

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Description

The estate’s second wine provides a supple, beguiling counterpoint to the flagship cuvée’s muscular classicism. The winemaker employs no new wood here, and a small portion of the wine remains in tank during the élévage, thereby further emphasizing its purity and drinkability.  Drink now – 2030+

Variety: Merlot
Region: Saint-Emilion, France
Winemaker: Chateau Haut Segottes
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.0%

Winemaker's Notes

What strikes the drinker about this wine is its sense of grace: this is not Merlot forced into some caricature of voluptuousness or gym-pumped into an awkward imitation of Cabernet; rather, it revels comfortably in its lip-smacking red-fruited prettiness. It’s the kind of wine that can only be produced here, and only by growers who are able to fully trust noble Merlot to be its truest. Decant for 30 – 60 minutes

John's Notes

Exasperated by trying to figure out which French wine she wanted, I recently had a customer ask why she couldn’t find the type of grape on the label.  It certainly can be confusing at first, but geography is the key. Did you know ….

  • Part of France’s famous Bordeaux wine growing region, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru vineyards are only permitted to produce red wine
  • Saint-Emilion is part of the “Right Bank” of Bordeaux, so named based on its location in relation to the Rivers Gironde and Dordogne
  • Based on climate and soil composition of the Right Bank, roughly 60% of grapes grown by volume in Saint-Emilion are Merlot followed by Cab Franc and Cab Sauv depending on location

So what? Well, when you see Saint-Emilion or Saint-Emilion Grand Cru on the label, it’s a pretty good bet that the majority portion (if not all) of the blend will be Merlot

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Chateau Haut Segottes, owner/winemaker Danielle Meunier

  • Danielle Meunier and her tiny Château Haut-Segottes consistently lurk near the top of a short list of small family properties who have consistently delivered the goods for generations

Variety:  100% Merlot

Region: Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, 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:

  • Comprised entirely of Merlot – partly from a one-hectare plot in the dark-sand soils of Corbin, and partly from a hectare in Fortin – Clos Petit-Corbin displays the sheer elegance the variety can achieve in this appellation
  • Soil: Sandy clay and iron
  • Farming: Practicing organic
  • Danielle Meunier’s reds rely on the classic Saint-Émilion Grand Cru appellation marriage of Cabernet Franc and Merlot—except for Clos Petit-Corbin. With this bottling, she focuses all of her energy into the supple Merlot grape and avoids any new oak during the élevage
  • Fermentation occurs slowly in steel tanks, followed by 18 patient months of aging in small, neutral French oak barrels (with a small portion remaining in stainless steel) before hand-bottling without filtration

Alcohol:  14.0%

Pairs Well With:  Pork loin, braised short ribs, lasagna

Reviews

Somm Select: “This is one amazing Right Bank Bordeaux!” Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier

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