Bordeaux Supérieur, Château Sainte Marie Rouge
France – 2018
Tasting Note: Beautifully concentrated blackcurrant, dark fruit and plum fill the nostrils and then cleanse the palate.
Food Matching: Perfect partner to Duck dishes in sauce, strong red meat and creamy cheeses.
Vineyard: Manually harvested from different plots in the Entre-Deux-Mers region, each with their own soil and character, including a plot of one hundred-year-old Merlot vines.
Vinification: Maceration at low temperature (10° to 15°). Pneumatic pressing. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at low temperature, between 16° and 20°C for 2 to 3 weeks. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, 20% new barrels.
Awards and Press News: 90/100 - A juicy red with dark berries, chocolate and hints of hazelnuts. Medium body and a delicious finish. Drink now or hold. JamesSuckling.com, February 2019