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Chateau des Antonins, Bordeaux Superieur 2018
55% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc
Antoine de Roquefeuil
Deep ruby-red in colour, this Bordeaux Superieur from Chateau des Antonins has an inviting bouquet of red plum, black cherry and blackcurrant, with hints of spice. The palate is concentrated and supple, with smooth tannins and layers of bright red fruit. This Left Bank Bordeaux consists of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and a tiny bit of Cabernet Franc. The 2016 vintage ranks among the greatest in Bordeaux.
Chateau des Antonins is located on the left bank of the Garonne, south of Graves. The red varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc are planted on clay gravel soils, producing wines with powerful and pure fruit concentration. All of the vineyards are managed sustainably and with the use of cover crops to avoid erosion and aerate the soils. The grapes were destemmed before undergoing maceration on their skins for between twenty to thirty days, with regular pumping over to ensure a gentle extraction. Fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks at controlled temperatures of between 27 and 30°C. The final blend was kept in stainless-steel prior to bottling in April 2019.
Located southeast of Bordeaux, Chateau des Antonins is a family-run estate steeped in history. The estate, built in the 13th century, owes its name to the ‘Antonins’ monks who lived there for 500 years. A large part still survives today, including a toll bridge, chapel, monastery and various windmills. Phylloxera destroyed the vineyards in the late 19th century but the de Roquefeuil family, who have owned the estate since the 1850s, have gradually replanted vines, which today cover 25 hectares. Geoffroy and Martine de Roquefeuil took over in 1985, and have moved to sustainable farming. Their son Antoine spent time working in New Zealand before returning to the family estate as head winemaker in 2016.
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