Chateau Sainte-Marie 'Alios', Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux 2015 Review

under 25 blueMerlot (74%), Cabernet Sauvignon (21%), petit verdot (10%) 

A decent combination of dark fruit and spice, chocolate and tannic grip. It is drinking very well now and I have opened with friends who all commented on the quality of the wine. Great for this time of year with wild boar, venison, rabbit.

Vines situated on a steep slope of 24º, gravel and iron soil (hence Alios). Alios ripens faster because the soil absorbs the heat and the southern facing slope exposes them to more sun. 

Stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Soft extraction using pumping over twice the volume of the tank. Fermentation in tank and then moved to french 400litre oak barrels for 12 months. The larger barrel allows for less exchange of flavour with the oak.

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Main article and discussion with Stephane Dupuch of Chateau Sainte-Marie: (Re)Defining the Entre-Deux-Mers: Interview and tasting with Stephane Dupuch

Tasting notes for the following wines can be found here:

Château Sainte-Marie, Vielles Vignes blanc - Madlys, Château Sainte-Marie, 2016 - Château-Sainte-Marie, Vieilles Vignes, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2016 - Chateau Sainte-Marie 'Alios', Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux 2015

Château-Sainte-Marie, Vieilles Vignes, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2016 Review

under 25 pounds72% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon 

Dark fruit, very elegant, violets. Ripe but not overripe. 2016 was a cooler vintage than 2015. The 2015 are bigger in fruitiness and ready to drink but the 2016 have a more elegant character, are more balanced. These will age well. 

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Main article and discussion with Stephane Dupuch of Chateau Sainte-Marie: (Re)Defining the Entre-Deux-Mers: Interview and tasting with Stephane Dupuch

Tasting notes for the following wines can be found here:

Château Sainte-Marie, Vielles Vignes blanc - Madlys, Château Sainte-Marie, 2016 - Château-Sainte-Marie, Vieilles Vignes, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2016 - Chateau Sainte-Marie 'Alios', Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux 2015

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