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PAUILLAC
PAUILLAC Rouge (Red)

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Ownership & history:

In 1961, successful nurseryman Gabriel Meffre decided to become a winemaker and invested in Bordeaux. Over time, he acquired three estates: Châteaux du Glana and Lalande in Saint-Julien and Château Bellegrave in Pauillac. Today, his grandsons Julien and Ludovic Meffre are in charge.

Vineyard & location:

Château Bellegrave is a boutique estate of just over 8 hectares in the south of Pauillac, between Châteaux Latour, Pichon-Longueville and Lynch-Bages. The soil consists of 'Garonne gravel' that provides excellent drainage. Château du Glana is much bigger (59 ha) and lines up alongside Branaire-Ducru, with Lalande next door covering 31 ha. Both Saint-Julien estates have soil with more of that Garonne gravel.

Harvest, vinification & ageing:

The Pauillac is sourced from Château Bellegrave. The grapes are picked by hand and sorted at the winery. Further to vinification, the wine spends 12 months in French oak barrels from a variety of different cooperages, 25% of which are renewed each year.

Tasting:

The predominant fruit flavour in the Pauillac is blackcurrant veering into plum; pencil shavings and cigar-box are also characteristic notes. The classic food pairing is lamb, although game and beef also work well.

Vintage :

2011

Blend:

60% Cabernet Sauvignon
30% Merlot
10% Cabernet Franc

Cellaring potential:

15 years