2014 Chateau Fleur de Lisse, Saint-Emilion
- Ripe, forward fruit, balanced, long finish
- Saint-Emilion Appellation Controlée.
- Bordeaux Blend
This vintage has an intense, brilliant color with youthful highlights. The attractive bouquet has red fruit and toasty overtones. The wine starts out straightforward and lively, showing beautiful tannic structure. Round and smooth with a pleasant aftertaste that reinforces the overall impression of balance.
Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.
The Fleur de Lisse estate is located around the village of Saint-Emilion, northeast of the city of Bordeaux, along the right bank of the Dordogne River.
Nine hectares of vines are grown on three different terroirs. Each plot is vinified separately to preserve their distinct characteristics.
The majority of the vines are Merlot, with approximately 30% Cabernet Franc. There, since the 1960s, the Minvieille family crafts red blends that are noted for their intense color, attractive bouquet and lively tannic structure.
Each parcel of grapes is picked and vinified separately. The estate uses two press wines which are vinified separately in temperature controlled vats. A larger proportion of the pressed wine goes towards the Grand Vin. The wine is aged in oak barriques for 12 months to give elegance and complexity.
- Merlot 70%, Cabernet Franc 30%