"Here is a great find and tremendous value in Bordeaux. It is a small chateau located on the right bank of the Gironde River in Arveyres. This wine is made from 80Merlot and 20 Cabernet Franc. It is ripe and rich with soft tannins and exuberant fruit. This chateau makes about 4,000 cases of wine per vintage " ~Importer notes
This family owned and operated estate on the "Right Bank" is run by Isabelle Valbom-Nadal in the Graves de Vayres area. Here the vines are carefully tended, de-budded to control vigor, with leaf removal and cluster thinning to enhance the flavors. Both the Merlot and Cabernet Franc in this wine are vinified in both stainless steel and concrete vats using temperature control. A long and cool maceration combined with traditional fermentation are utilized and then the components are aged for 12 months in vat and then blended and bottled. This wine is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc grown on clay, gravel, and silty soils.
The dominant Merlot grape gives this wine bright red fruits and brilliant ruby color. Hints of chocolate, earth, menthol are harmoniously combined with dark cherry, cassis and pepper notes. The medium bodied wine always gives the classic Bordeaux structure without being heavy handed or over-ripe. A true classic at an affordable price!