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Mouton Cadet Reserve Medoc 2013 RRP$33.70

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A marvellously flavoursome, stylish and expressive M├ędoc of considerable character, displaying seductive blackcurrant and blackberry flavours.

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About - Since 1930, Mouton Cadet has been renowned for its exacting standards and audacity. The fruit of generous Nature and the work of human hands, the result of the encounter between an exceptional terrior and the passion of Baron Philippe de Rothschild (1902-1988), over the years Mouton Cadet has consistently combined quality, prestige and know-how in an expressive, seductive way. Today, Mouton Cadet has become the worldwide reference for Bordeaux Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée wines.

Mouton Cadet Rouge is made from rigorously selected wines and grapes form partner winegrowers in the main appellation of Bordeaux and the Côtes. Baron Philippe de Rothschild's winemakers monitor the winegrowers anad advise on vineyard practises in order to meet the exacting quality standards of Mouton Cadet.

Appellation - The Médoc vineyard stretches for 80 km along the river to the North of Bordeaux, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gironde estuary.

Soil - The soil of the Médoc vineyard contains small stones that absorb heat during the day and radiate it back at night. The grapes can thus ripen in a warm micro-climate, wit no great difference between the daytime and nighttime  temperatures.

Vintage Conditions-  A very cold winter, a dry, cool spring wihch favoured the emergence of a plentiful crop ended with a wet June. Fortunately the summer weather was ideal, with high temperatures and plenty of sunshine. A very hot July and a fine August got the ripening process off to a good start, with the grapes showing great aromatic potential. Despite some rainfall in September, 2010 remains a hot-weather vintage, producing small and highly concentrated grapes.

Grape Varieties - 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc

Fermentation/maturation - Pre-fermentation maceration at low temperatures to favour expression of the fruit and a short period of maceration after fermentation to release elegant tannins. Produced in limited quantities, this wine is matured at the Saint-Laurent-Médoc winery where it is treated with meticulous care in order to preserve all its aroma and flavour and typical Médoc style.

Alcohol - 14 %

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Tasting Notes

Hue -A still very youthful ruby red with a violet tint

Nose -The nose offers a bouquet of fresh berry fruit, especially blackcurrant and bilberry, with notes of caramel, blond tobacco and slightly liquorice spice.

Palate -A marvellously flavoursome, stylish and expressive Médoc of considerable character, displaying seductive blackcurrant and blackberry flavours. A harmonious, round and full-bodied wine that ends on a slightly acidulated finish while deeping plenty of fruit-supported length on the palate.

Cellar -  5 - 10 years

Serving Suggestions - Grilled rib steak, steak with mushroom sauce, rabbit in wine with mushroom sauce.

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