Ch Petit Freylon Cuvee Sarah 18

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Nestled on the Atlantic coast of Southwestern France, Bordeaux is the largest wine-growing region in the country. If Bordeaux itself were a country, it would be the fifth-largest wine-growing region globally. A recent count shows nearly nine thousand winegrowers have taken advantage of the region's excellent climate conditions and calcareous soil.

Close to ninety percent of the wines produced in Bordeaux are red, with Cabernet Sauvignon dominating the vineyards east of the Gironde River and Merlot dominating to the west. While the wine press endlessly focuses on the high-ticket, famous names, most of the wine produced in Bordeaux is very reasonably priced and produced on small family estates. Château Coulonge is a perfect example.

Château Petit-Freylon is located in the Aquitaine village of Saint-Genis-du-Bois, a tiny hamlet on Bordeaux's right bank with less than 100 inhabitants. For generations, the estate has been producing Merlot and Cabernet-based Bordeaux blends, regularly earning medals at the prestigious Concours Agricole in Paris and the Concours de Bordeaux. Although the estate has recently made recent updates with new tanks, barrels, and vinification equipment, they strictly employ traditional production methods in the vineyard and winery.

In your glass, the 2018 Cuvée Sarah is a complex and warming blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. After a quick swirl, you're greeted with savory notes of spice, tobacco leaf, and earthy dark fruits on the nose, leading to a bright and lifted palate of dark red fruit and spiced plum. There's a remarkable amount of juicy red fruit on the palate that's deftly balanced by the perfect amount of oak treatment. Notes of cocoa, brown spice, and dark cherry dance through the clean, lengthy finish.

This classic Bordeaux drinks super-well and would pair like a dream with braised meats, stews and ragout, and lamb chops. Enjoy now and through 2024.

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