Fine Wine Source Wine

January 2017

Chateau Vieux Manoir:

In the heart of Targon, 35 km South-East of Bordeaux, majestically stands the superb building of Château Vieux Manoir. Its construction dates back to the 11th century and shows the passing of several Bordeaux aristocratic families, who helped to shape and write the area’s history over the centuries. The property was also the former hunting house of the Duke of Epernon. In 1989, the Ballande family fell under the spell of the estate and took it over with the ambition of restoring its former prestige. The rebuilding of the vineyard and the château began in 1990, done with great respect for its original character and authenticity.

About:

  • Soil : Chalky-clay and clay-gravels
  • Surface : 45 hectares
  • Average age of the vineyard : 30 years
  • Location : The vineyard is located in the communes of Targon, Lugasson, and Saint-Aubin
  • 2015 vintage : Silver medal Bordeaux 2016

Classical vinification in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats with micro-oxygenation. Fermenting is done at low temperature to favor the fruity flavors extraction.

Varietals:

60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol:

14%

Tasting Notes:

Dense with a pleasant crimson color. The nose reveals intense aromas of Morello Cherry and Black Currant. In the mouth, the first impression is full-bodied and round, in harmony with the fruit. Well-structured and well balanced, this wine has a long fruity and spicy finish.

Food Pairings:

The firm tannins and full-body of this wine pair well with rich, flavorful meat dishes such as: rib-eye steak, porterhouse steak, sirloin steak and T-bone steak. It is also a classic match with lamb dishes such as baby lamb chops or roasted leg of lamb. The full fat of certain cheeses work in harmony with the tannins in this full-bodied red Bordeaux, try Gruyere.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts:

A wine that breeds class! Deep yet elegant flavors with a silky satisfying, long, and classy finish; best served with red meats.

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