Chat Lehoul GRAND VIN de Bordeaux 18
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Over the last couple of years, you may have noticed the AWM Bordeaux shelves populated more and more with selections from the portfolio of my friend Jean-Christian Rostagni. There's an excellent reason for that. Aside from my own personal finds, Jean-Christian's selections represent some of the finest examples of independently produced Bordeaux available at such reasonable prices.
The Fonta family has been producing consistently delicious wines in a quiet corner of Graves for more than two hundred years. Modern-day Bordeaux is huge (over ten times the size of Burgundy) and dominated by the famous; however, the real gems are found in the small family-owned properties like Château Lehoul.
Grand Vin is the crown jewel of Château Lehoul and it's sourced from the property's best plots of old vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Cuvée is 50-50 Cab and Merlot and is aged for eighteen months in a selection of new and used French oak barrels.
This gorgeous red Bordeaux opens with woodsy notes of plum and blackberry, leading to a palate of black and blue fruits, with notes of plum and bay leaf on the finish. The classicly dusty Bordeaux tannins allow for complete enjoyment in the glass now; however, this wine will continue to improve for at least the next eight to ten years.
Bordeaux lovers should not miss this one!