La Vieille Ecluse Reserve Cotes du Marmandais 2011 is full-bodied,elegant and rich. It develops aromas of vanilla and wood,coupled with dark fruits.This wine will match perfectly with Beef,Pork or Lamb.
La Vieille Ecluse Reserve Cotes du Marmandais is a wine from Sud-Ouest,region of France
,South-west wine region extends over almost 500 km and 12 departments. The culture of the vine exists in this area for centuries, established by the Gauls before the arrival of the Romans. The expertise developed subsequently under the influence of monasteries and abbeys, on the road to Saint Jacques de Compostel. Their wine is particularly appreciated by English royalty.
La Vieille Ecluse Reserve Cotes du Marmandais is located in Sud-Ouest's sub-region of Cotes-du-Marmandais
,The AOC Cotes-du-Marmandais covers an area of 1,320 hectares among the satellites of Bordeaux, in South-West France. The vineyard is situated around Marmande on both banks of the Garonne between Agen and Bordeaux. On the right bank, there are steep slopes of clay-limestone soil. On the left bank, we can find vast plains of former alluvial terraces composed of gravel, marl, large sand and clay layers. The vines are evolving on a well-drained soil in a sunny environment, under the influence of a mild oceanic climate, humid but with warm and dry summers. This appellation produces an average of 78,400 hectoliters of wine every year, almost only red (90%). In Cotes-du-Marmandais are used grapes varieties of Bordeaux (merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc), but also the unfamous Abouriou, producing fruity and colored wines. Cotes-du-Marmandais are red wines with warm accents, soft, generous, characterized by a lot of aromatic finesse.
It is the most representative grape of Bordeaux, covering 60% of the vineyard. It is found mainly in the Libournais, on the "right bank" of the Garonne, especially in Saint Emilion and Pomerol. This grape is easily exportable thanks to its adaptability to different soils. It matures very quickly on gravelly soils, but it is clay soils of Pomerol and Saint-Emilion that fit it best. There, the fruit is expressed all in delicacy, offering floral notes of violet, peony, and of black and red fruits. Among all Bordeaux varieties, Merlot is the one which offers roundness and smoothness to the wine. Over time, these flavors evolve towards undergrowth aromas, marked by mushrooms, truffles, tobacco and even old leather.
One of the most cultivated grape variety in the world. Often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it is grown in nearly every wine producing country, thanks to its hardy constitution. It can be identified by its thick skin and some low yields. In a blend, Cabernet-Sauvignon brings tannins, structure and acidity, which are the keys to a perfectaging process. Californian Nappa Valley has espacially well worked this varietal, which is the main factor of its extrordinary recognition and success. Known for its vegetal flavors such as mint and eucalyptus, Cabernet Sauvignon can turn a wine with herbaceous dominances if harvested too green.