2008 was a late ripening vintage in Bordeaux reflecting splendid “Indian summer” weather conditions during the harvest. Great intensity of aromas with ripe and robust tannins. A wine with considerable potential for aging..
Château du Seuil, located 35km south east of Bordeaux, is one of the most elegant country houses on the left bank of the Garonne river. This 19th century estate overlooks the river and is in the heart of the Graves vineyards, as well as the Cérons appellation. This region is rich in remains of Gallo-Roman vineyards and has a century long tradition of producing fine wines.
|Grape Variety||Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 40%, Cab Franc 10%|
|Food Pairing||BBQ Duck breast, hard cheese like Comte|
|Producer||Chateau du Seuil|
|Winemaking||Lengthy pre and post ferment maceration-tank fermented, malolactic in barrels. 30% of wine aged for 18 months in new french oak, 70% in 1 year old oak. Left on lees for six months.|
|Soil/Vines||Terraces of river gravel, and sand deposits with sub soil limestone, clay, iron pan|
|Harvest||Triaged and pressed pneumatically. In 2006 we undertook a 6 saignee of 15%, which was run off after 24 hours of maceration on skins.|
|Region||AOC Graves, France|
5 - 10 years
A little pepper and spice, blackcurrant, licorice, gentle smokiness. It’s medium bodied with gentle but persistent graphite tannin, though it’s the fine acid that really drives it along. Cherry and redcurrant flavours in there too, and a good lick of tannin cleans up the finish It’s not the most concentrated or deep of wines, though that forms part of its charm. It’s expressive of its region and offers good drinking at a fair price.
91 Points by Gary Walsh, winefront.com.au, September 2012