L'Agassant d'Agassac 2010 Haut-Médoc - Château d’Agassac

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L'Agassant (literally “The Irritating One”) is the second wine of Château d’Agassac. A fun and easy going red made to be tasted with friends while still young. It is as it should be: round, fruity and aromatic, with some wooden notes giving some complexity and a fresh finish. A great success in the even greater 2010 vintage. A true wine of pleasure which can be opened at any time!
 
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Domain Château d'Agassac Eye Red garnet
Vintage 2010 Nose  Black fruit (blackberry) and vegetal notes (fern, juniper)
Appellation Haut-Médoc Mouth Full with aromas of small red fruits and supple tannins
Area Bordeaux   Mineral, almost salty finish
Colour Red Drink from Now
Grapes Merlot (90%), Cabernet Franc (10%) Drink before 2017
Type Dry Open  2 hours before
    Drinking temperature 16°C
       
Food pairing
Roasted red meat and pan-fried vegetables would be the perfect companion for this unconventional Haut-Médoc
 
A word about the domain
The legend of Château d’Agassac says it was built in the 11th century, though the actual castle was rebuilt during the Renaissance. It is not very clear when the production of wine really started but the reputation of Agassac was made in the 19th century, especially in the Netherlands where its wines were particularly appreciated. The last two decades have seen quite some changes after an insurance company acquired the domain in 1996 and converted it to “viticulture raisonnée” in 2004. They have created a unique modern style for their wines that is now widely appreciated by amateurs.
 
What experts say
About the domain
Bettane & Desseauve: 2* (Good quality production)

About the wine
Bettane & Desseauve: 14
"Once opened, it reveals its softness, richness, generosity and a well controlled oak."

La Revue du Vin de France: 13.5
"Second label of the regular and qualitative Château d'Agassac, L'Agassant offers in 2010, as in 2009, awell made, fruity wine, marked by a slight vegetal edge. Not very concentrated but a beautiful softness and delicacy of the tannins. A pleasant wine to drink on its fruit."

Gault & Millau: 16/20
“Remarkable freshness that reveals a beautiful aromatic range. It immerses us in a lovely fruity and vegetal range on a background of silky tannins. To share with friends.”
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Deep gravels
Age of vines 25 years old
Harvest Manual
Maturing Oak barrels (60%) Stainless Steel vats (40%)
Ageing 12 to 15 months
Bottled January 2012
Alcohol 13%

 

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