Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Focus on Bordeaux: Château Jouanin Castillon 2009

 Marc Soucy - Focus on Bordeaux :  

Château Jouanin  Castillon  2009
Ch. Jouanin / SARL de Fontgaban, Castillon, Bordeaux, France        
Grapes:  90% Merlot - 10% Cabernet Franc

Château Jouanin is an estate in the easternmost part of Bordeaux, on the right bank of the Dourdogne River, and not far from the famous St. Emilion wine region. Castillon’s name has recently been shortened from Côtes de Castillon (named after its Spanish rulers centuries ago), and then was integrated into the scattered appellation known as Côtes de Bordeaux. The labeling has been going through a slightly confusing transition period because of this, but the intent is to make the wine easier to identify once the smoke has cleared. Castillon is known for producing a more rustic, wild version of the Bordeaux blend, with obvious minerality, earthiness, and tannic structure frequently featured.    

    Marc's Tasting Notes:
Very dark ruby, almost opaque. Nearly surprising aromas of bright red raspberry balanced with vanilla taffy make this wine alluring. On the palate, though, its true nature emerges: black cherry, dark flowers, assorted dark berries, and earth are complemented by prominent but smooth tannins. The intermingling of opposite traits in this wine make it a pleasure to experience, especially for the price. The small amount of Cabernet Franc definitely finds expression.
 -- Marc Soucy, FWS 

FWS: Certification by the French Wine Society, Washington D.C. & Paris France

Wine Tasting Notes Prepared for BLM Wine 


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