Location: Montagne Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France (2012)
Grape: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer: Chateau Gachon
Why did we choose this wine?
Our sommelier Paolo has chosen this blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Bordeaux region to clearly show how oaking transforms a red wine.
Included in Lesson: Impact of Oaking
About this wine
In the Bordeaux wine region, Saint-Emilion is synonym with Merlot-dominated blends. The Cabernet Sauvignon that most often dominates Bordeaux blends is here only a minority. The result is a wine with softer tannins and a heavier body than most Bordeaux wines.
Aromas: Cherry, Black pepper, Blackcurrant jam, Smoke, Vanilla
- Acids: High
- Glycerol: High
- Alcohol: Medium
- Sugars: Very low / absent
- Tannins: High
- Minerals: Medium
Alcohol: 13.0% Vol
Lightly-spiced chicken and beef. Mild hard cheeses like Gouda and Edam. Roast squash, red peppers and beets.
The wine maker
The Arpin family, winemakers for eight generations, have recently invested in new cellar equipment to support their `modernist` style, making some of the deepest, richest oak-aged Bordeaux.