2009 Chateau Tirepe la Cote

Year: 2009
Appellation: Bordeaux Superieur
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 88-90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"One of my favorite low level Bordeaux, this exceptionally well made wine displays a dense purple color in addition to abundant blackberry and blueberry fruit intertwined with notions of licorice and incense. Fleshy, full-bodied, and ripe, this delicious Bordeaux coats the palate. It should drink beautifully for 3-4 years. (Tasted once.)" (WA)

Winery Notes:
Age of Vines: 10 to 15 years

Yields: 3300 and 5000 vine/ha that yield 40/45 hectoliters=20,000 bts produced.

Pruning Method: Mixed guyot pruning

Soil: Clay and limestone.

Varietals: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vinification Method: Grapes are harvested by hand and destemmed before they are pressed. Each plot is harvested and fermented separately. The grapes undergo three to four weeks of cool maceration for a soft extraction. The wine is aged for twelve to fourteen months in cement tanks. The wine is bottled without systematic filtration.

Tasting Note: Deep ruby in the glass with red currant, blackberry, bramble and pounded stones. Ripe red and black fruit dominates the palate that gets a nice boost from the wines natural acidity. This is a buoyant and easy drinking red that finishes with light tannins.

Pairing: Grilled beef or lamb, pork loin, grilled ham, roasted vegetables and lighter cheeses.