April 11, 2012

Grands Crus
on show


When spring returns to Bordeaux, a palpable effervescence sweeps over the world of wine. During the Semaine des Primeurs, the Bordeaux Wine Futures Campaign, Bordelais wine-growers unveil the just assembled vintages to an eager audience of some 5,000 wine professionals and aficionados. Château d’Yquem and Château Cheval Blanc both released their latest vintages.

Perfect matches. Guests were invited to discover the 2011 Château d’Yquem in the Atrium of the Palais de la Bourse in Bordeaux. The beautifully opulent wine with a balance of fresh and fruity notes was exquisitely matched to dishes prepared by award-winning chef Yannick Alléno. The sublime vintage evokes the 2009, when the perfect combination of “botrytized” and less ripe grapes enhanced the complexity of the wine’s aromatic palette.

Château Cheval Blanc released a vintage with a classic balance between floral and fruit, tannin and acidity. For Cheval Blanc Technical Director Pierre-Olivier Clouet, the density and silky texture call to mind the 2001 vintage. He says the 2011 vintage has considerable aging potential.

This magnificent Saint Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé “A” is a blend of 52 percent cabernet franc and 48 percent merlot.



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