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Chateau Les Rosiers Bordeaux 2016

18 May,2018

In New Zealand, with Pinot Noir as our predominant red variety, and Syrah as one with great promise, we tend to forget that the Bordeaux varieties of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon reign supreme with a global perspective. The top properties of Bordeaux rule the roost in prestige. In the same vein, it is also easy to forget that below the very top levels of cru classé Bordeaux, there is a mass of serviceable wines made from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that is both affordable and very attractive drinking. Thank goodness some of our importing distributors are on the lookout for these wines for our market. Here, I review the 2016 Ch. Les Rosiers Bordeaux Rouge, brought into New Zealand by Kahurangi Wine Distributors. The wine comes from a 76 ha property in Soussac, owned by the Jolivet family since 1981, planted to 60% Merlot and 20% each Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. www.kahurangiwine.com

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Ch. Les Rosiers Bordeaux 2016

Blended Red from France – Bordeaux

17.5-/20

Full, dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, youthful in appearance. The nose is full and up-front with vibrant aromas of dark red berry and dark plum fruit, along with lifted florals and vibrant primary fruit aromas with a little confectionary, unfolding notes of dark herbs, with earth and minerals. Medium full bodied, the palate has richly sweet and plush flavours of ripe dark-red berry fruit and dark plums, along with boysenberry and jam notes. The palate is rounded and softened from gentle acidity, and the fruit underlined by light, supple tannins providing light grip and texture. As the wine flows, dark-red florals, dark herb and earthy detail add some interest, and carry to a soft finish. This is a plush and juicy Merlot-based Bordeaux red with vibrant, primary sweet-red dark berry and plum flavours with a little jam on a light textured palate. Serve with barbecued fare over the next 3 years. From 76 ha, planted to 60% Merlot and 20% each Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, vines 20 y.o. on average. 40,000 cases made. 17.5-/20 May 2018 RRP $21.00

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