Château Bonnet Rosé

Spring and Mulberry

Marguerita é amiga deste blog e vive em Nova Iorque. Recentemente ela recomendou alguns vinhos e estou em dívida com ela, portanto aqui está o primeiro:

Olá Paulo,

Ai vai uma sugestão interessante. Ontem a noite,provei o Chateau Bonnet Rose, aqui em casa onde tirei a foto. O vinho é proveniente de Bordeaux. Com 50 % Merlot e 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Gostei muito e pedi ao Todd Greeno, que organiza em New York encontros de amigos que gostam de provar vinhos na HDL. Ele me passou mais informacões.

[A HDL foi criada em 1994] Established in 1994, we are a group of more than 1,000 NYC folks that enjoy wine parties. We recently established this Meetup page in January 2011 to supplement the main website which can be accessed via this link: http://www.HDLEnhance…

TASTING NOTES:

Color: Coral-pink & very clear; not as cherry-red as other Bordeaux Roses.

Nose: Bright berry notes with light aromatic-floral hints.

Palate: Light citrus and a fullness with an almost woodsy – vanilla flavor, with with tart strawberries and orange; nice, dry finish.

PRODUCTION NOTES: LINK

THE CHATEAU: LINK

The vineyards of Chateau Bonnet were planted during the 16th century, by the Reynier family, wealthy merchants from Libourne. In a mere 30 years, the landscape around the house was transformed, as vines replaced forest on the surrounding slopes.

Château Bonnet lies to the North of the Entre-Deux-Mers, on the clay-chalk slopes of the commune of Grézillac, overlooking the Dordogne valley some 10km south of Saint Emilion. The estate dates back to the 17th century; when André Lurton took over in 1956, it comprised 30 hectares of vineyard, which he immediately undertook to renovate and develop.

Today, half Bonnet’s production is devoted to a highly popular dry white (AOC Entre-Deux-Mers), a blend of Sauvignon, Sémillon and Muscadelle grapes, carefully vinified to preserve the freshness and bouquet of these varietals.

The other half is composed of classic red varietals – Merlots, Cabernet Francs and Cabernet Sauvignons – producing noteworthy clarets widely held to be superior to the general run of the appellation.

The Growing Region – France – Bordeaux

The region is one of the largest, if not the largest, in the world. If Bordeaux were a country, it would rank 5th in wine production on its own! That’s a lot of wine. And while Bordeaux is often associated with expensive bottles meant for decades in the cellar, the majority of Bordeaux wine is meant to be drunk young and enjoyed with food.

Geography: Located off the Atlantic Ocean in southwest France, Bordeaux is most often separated into two parts –the right bank and the left bank. On the left bank, Cabernet Sauvignon rules, and the Medoc region hugs the west side of the Gironde river. Within the Medoc are the four top communes of (from north to south) St.-Estphe, Paulliac, St.-Julien and Margaux. These communes make some pretty sought-after red wines from chateaux with big names. Being that the main grape is Cabernet Sauvignon, the wines are fairly tannic and muscular. Below the Medoc, following the river as it turns, lies the Graves region. Named as such for its gravelly soils, Graves is home to some top white wine regions like Pessac-Léognan (for dry whites) and the sweet wine regions of Sauternes and Barsac.

The right bank of Bordeaux is where Merlot and Cabernet Franc shine best. Merlot is typically used more in the blends, which means the wines of the right bank are often slightly softer and rounder than the left bank Cabernet-based wines. The heart of the right bank is the city of St.-Émilion and the wine region that surrounds it.

Next door is Pomerol, a small but intense red wine producer. Other areas include Côtes du Bourg & Côtes du Blaye, Fronsac & Canon-Fronsac, and Ctes de Castillon. Bordeaux has other regions that are making wine – some of it great value!

 

photo by Marguerita

Conheça o blog da Marguerita: http://www.thepoignantfrog.blogspot.com/

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