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HAUT-CARLES de Chateau Carles, Fronsac 2020 Carton x 6 Bottles - PRE-RELEASE

Red Still Wine | France | Bordeaux | Fronsac/Canon-Fronsac | 75cl

£120.00

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Pre-Release Wine

Size: 75cl
Closure Type: Cork
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Fronsac/Canon-Fronsac
Wine Style: Full Bodied

Description

We are very pleased to announce the start of the highly anticipated 2020 Bordeaux En-Primeur campaign, one which promises to be as exciting as it is different in our new post-brexit, mid-covid world.

Not having had the chance to travel to Bordeaux to taste we are very reliant on several key factors namely; pedigree, reputation, consistency and critics and the critics seem to like it.

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This estate, which is often awarded excellent scores by none other than Robert Parker, produces well-rounded, sumptuous and elegant wines which are as delicious young as they are after having gained in depth with some years of aging.

Charlemagne built a fortress in the Fronsac region, overlooking the confluence of the Dordogne and the Isle, to survey the river traffic and the road leading to Bordeaux. Culminating at an altitude of 75 metres, it offers a magnificent view of Fronsac's rugged landscape. The wine production area is now slightly removed from the main thoroughfares, but has some beautiful churches and châteaux. Spread over six communes, which all have the right to the Fronsac appellation, the landscape is characterized its hilly terroir. Within the Fronsac AOC, two communes are entitled to the Canon-Fronsac appellation: Fronsac and Saint-Michel-de-Fronsac. The grape varieties planted in AOC Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac underwent a dramatic change in the 20th century. In 1900 the vines were mostly Malbec. Very sensitive to frost, this variety has now been largely replaced by Merlot. Château de Carles was built in the 15th century by the Carles family, which flourished between the 15th and 17th centuries. In the 17th century the château became popular with great thinkers and literary figures, and was frequented by writers such as Boétie, who was married to Marguerite de Carles, and Montaigne. In the 18th century, the property was acquired by Guillaume de Castaing who passed it on to his son, Antoine. His daughter Constance and her husband Stéphane Droulers have managed the château since 1983. The property is located in Saillans, on Fronsac's third hill, looking down over the vines, the Isle Valley and Libourne.

JAMES SUCKLING 93-94 Points
20 Apr, 2021 – "Blackberry and blueberry with white-pepper and black-olive character. It’s full-bodied, yet refined and polished. Racy."

Terms and Conditions:
Delivery - Autumn 2023
Prices - Include Freight, Duty & GST. No further discounts apply
Storage - Free of Charge until 30th April 2024
Allocation - On a first-come-first-served basis.
Payment - As per our normal T&Cs.
E&OE - Errors & Omissions Excepted