Grand Enclos du Château de Cérons Rouge 2009 Graves

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The reputation of Grand Enclos du Château de Cérons has been mainly built on this flagship wine. Both nose and palate will meet with aromas ripe black currant and slight spicy notes. It will age very nicely given its substantial proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon (40 to 50%), while the Merlot provides the fruit and the softness needed to make it delicious today. It receives multiple awards regularly, and we understand why. A very elegant bottle of an excellent vintage, that we recommend with absolutely no doubt.
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Domain Grand Enclos du Château de Cérons Eye Dark ruby red
Vintage 2009 Nose  Ripe red fruits with a touch of vanilla
Appellation Graves Mouth A very upfront and lively start and great balance between
Area Bordeaux   ripe red fruit aromas and silky tannins.
Colour Red Drink from Now
Grapes Merlot (55%) Cabernet Sauvignon (45%) Drink before 2020
Type Dry Open  1 hour before
    Drinking temperature 15-17°C
Food pairing
This Graves is a classic match for red meat. Your Sommelier recommends it with grilled lamb chops or duck breast.
A word about the domain
Initially part of the Château de Cérons, property of the Marquis de Calvimont, the domain was created at the end of the 19th century after the split of the estate. It was more than a century later that it was finally reborn under the effort of an adventurous Italian engineer, Giorgio Cavanna, and its 3 partners. Born in Rome and raised in the Chianti where his father owned a renowned vineyard, Giorgio decided in 2000 to follow his own dream and to buy this lost domain. Well advised by his local partner Bertrand and Patrick Léon, the former winemaker of Mouton Rothschild, he has given its new reputation to the domain and his Graves and Cérons are now praised by the critics but more importantly by the wine lovers!
What experts say
About the domain
Bettane & Desseauve : 1*

About the wine
Wine Spectator: 88
“This features crushed blackberry and black currant fruit, with a tarry thread and a light tobacco note on the finish. Propelled by a nice dash of grip.”

Le Guide Hachette des Vins: 1*
"Part of the former estate of the Marquis of Calvimont, this property was purchased in 2000 by Giorgio Cavanna, engineer and owner of a vineyard in Tuscany. Well advised, he turned it into a renowned cru, which once again lives up to its reputation with this red Graves composed of two-thirds Merlot, complemented by Cabernet Sauvignon. The bouquet offers beautiful aromas of ripe fruit that are found in the palace, accompanied by a good tannic presence. All tasters agree that this vintage will gain in expression and consistence with time: better to wait three to five years."
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Flinty stones over gravely subsoil with limestone strata
Age of vines 40 years old
Yield 41 hl/ha
Harvest Manual
Maturing 12 to 14 months in oak barrels
Production 38,000 btls
Bottled November 2010
Alcohol 14%