Château le Puy Côte des Francs 'Emilien' 2012
The first thing that strikes you is the glorious jewel-like colour. The nose is attractively fruity, with ripe red fruit aromas dominated by cassis and redcurrant with hints at sous-bois and gravel. The palate is silken, medium-bodied and precise, with velvety tannins paving the way for long and complex finish. A wine of great finesse, sensual in its youth but also with the potential to age and grow for several decades, revealing the full depth and character of this superb terroir. The epitome of elegance and refinement. From a sensational estate on the Right Bank of Bordeaux, Château Le Puy’s Emilien is an earthy, developing and complex blended red. Representing the fifteenth generation at Chateau le Puy, three Amoreau brothers tend the grapes following exacting biodynamic principles, and make the wines with minimal intervention. From a classic (read ‘normal’) vintage, the 2012 sports 85% Merlot (with the balance largely split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc) and offers classic blackcurrant fruit, red plums, fruit pastille and characteristic gravel and riverbank fragrance. Of mid-weight body and fine tannins, vivid acidity makes this a supremely refreshing dinner wine. Biodynamically farmed fruit gets a hands-off approach in the winery (and with no sulphur added), ‘Emilien’ hums with life and vitality. Savoury with a compelling mushroom and undergrowth complexity, this Right Bank blend is as elegant as it is drinkable. Serve with simple rustic dishes like lamb leg, braised game or a wedge of aged mellow cheese.
|Varietal(s)||Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Appellation||Côtes de Francs|
|Brand||Château le Puy|
World Wine – This wine is made like the wines that made Bordeaux the most important wine region in France. It's just shockingly great; classically structured with beautiful, pure fruit, freshness, elegant tannins and a long finish. It is so giving now as the 2012 vintage is wide open now. The key to this wine and what separates it from almost any other Bordeaux is the freshness (for me it's the Bordeaux that exhibits the most freshness) of it along with its seductive, silky and Burgundian texture. Oh that texture is something else and gives it that Burgundian nudge. But it is still firmly Bordeaux, albeit from the Cotes de Francs where Merlot is the main grape. This has bittersweet cocoa, chocolate and deep raspberry fruit that is beautifully vivid and pure. There is utmost finesse that lets you know this is no normal Côte des Francs, but something altogether more special and age worthy. This along with Samion are my Bordeaux staples at Fass Selections. I don't sell much Bordeaux but the ones I do sell merit attention as they have the same character of the other Fass Selections wines which is mainly mineral driven, soil driven, acid driven wines that offer tremendous value. This wine has been asked about than almost any other wine I have offered and with good reason as it take as familiar genre/style of wine and completely turns it around by listening to their own way and what results is a distinctive wine unlike anything else in Bordeaux. Lyle Fass, Fass Selections
In a mixed or straight case: $94.99
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