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Château Chantecler, Pauillac Grand VinBordeaux, France 2018 (750mL)

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Château Chantecler, Pauillac Grand Vin Bordeaux, France 2018 (750mL)

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“We're infatuated with cult Pauillac micro-estate Château Chantecler. This is certified Blue Chip Bordeaux for serious collectors and “buy low/sell high” investors. With the current 2018 release, there are few wines we can suggest more confidently.”

In the center of Pauillac’s extortionate vine real estate sits one lone postage-stamp parcel of vines surrounded by the iconic trinity of Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, and Pontet-Canet. Receiving top honors in Decanter’s magazine piece, “The Last Little Guys of Pauillac,” Chantecler is a fascinating story that is worth exploring further. In the aftermath of the 2000 “vintage of the century” hysteria, demand for Pauillac fruit skyrocketed and real estate values quickly followed suit. Yannick’s aunt was unable to resist the temptation of selling the majority of the Mirandes’ vines to Mouton Rothschild in 2004. Fortunately, Yannick salvaged the family’s crown jewel, a one-hectare hillside parcel in the Pauillac lieu-dit “Plateau de Padarnac,” for himself. The soil in this hillside site is classic Pauillac gravel, with vines averaging 50 years of age.  The vines on the property have an average age of 45 years; their roots are dug deep in the layers of Pauillac’s gravelly terrain,

The 2018 pours a hearty, healthy dark ruby core with magenta hues flashing out towards the rim. Immediately, powerful aromas of cassis, Damson plum pie, and black cherry liqueur come racing out followed by lingering notes of pipe tobacco, cedar box, pencil shavings, licorice, clove, wet gravel, and purple flowers. Unafraid to flaunt the seductive qualities of 2018, the palate is full-bodied, lush, and expansive, but maintains a persistent thread of crushed minerals and lifted acidity that allows the finish to swell with gorgeous elegance.

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux / Left-Bank
  • Sub-RegionPauillac
  • SoilSand & Gravel
  • FarmingSustainable
  • BlendCabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 40%
  • Alcohol14.5%
  • OakNew & Used French Barrels
  • Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
  • GlasswareLarge Bordeaux Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2033+
  • Decanting1-2 Hours

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