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Chateau De Cardaillan, Graves 2014
Merlot 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 50%
This property is right down in the southern end of Graves, next to the great sweet wine appellations of Sauternes and Barsac and is in fact owned by ChÃ¢teau de Malle who produce excellent Sauternes. Their red is an elegant blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot from 25 year old vines. Classic Bordeaux with a pronounced cassis, black pepper and capsicum nose; red currants, blackberries and soft, fleshy fruit on the palate. Velvety tannic structure and gentle leather notes through the finish.
Fermentation is in stainless steel with a 2-week cuvaison and ageing is for 12 months in a combination of new and one-year-old barriques. It is fined with egg whites and very lightly filtered prior to bottling.�From 23 year old vines with 60% oak aging, 20% in new oak.