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Cambon La Pelouse 2010

2010 Château Cambon la Pelouse

Château Cambon lies exactly between Château Cantemerle and Château Giscours. Also, their location is the highest hill of Macau, literally on the border of the appellation with Margeaux. Part of the vineyard (6 hectares) is managed organically, but it is not clear about the complete transition. Whether or not any organic grapes have been put into the ‘Cambon La Pelouse’ 2010 bottle is also not clear. The grapes: Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (47%) and Petit Verdot (3%) come from the oldest vines belonging to the Château (35 years on average), whose yield is limited to an average of 38 hectolitres per hectare. The year 2010 was relatively dry, but without an extreme summer, which directly influenced the great concentration (the average weight of grapes was 15% lower than in 2009), the beautifully developed aromas and appropriate level of acidity. The maturity of the grapes was checked every day during the harvest period to choose the best moment of the vintage. After double selection and sorting, before the fermentation begins, the grape must did undergo a …

Cortes de Cima 2011

2011 Cortes de Cima

The 2011 vintage was not an easy one for the Alentejo region. After the record rainfall in the winter season, the region got hit with a record of tropical heat in May. Cortes de Cima decided to harvest super early that year, the yield and grape quality was very good. Fermentation went in controlled temperature, grapes stemless. Aged for 12 months in 80%/20% French/American Oak barriques. The wine is a sensationally done assemblage of 35% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 35% Syrah, 13% Touriga Nacional, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Alicante Bouschet, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was already beautiful, as a young one in 2011 and 2014. Who made it without opening and stored in good conditions until 2019 can enjoy a beautiful, elegant but powerful wine. 👀 Appearance: The wine is clear with deep intensity, garnet in appearance. 👃 Nose: clean, pronounced aromas of ripe fruits, as well as some wood, smoke. 👅 Palate: one can truly taste all that ripe, soaked in sun fruit. Beautiful ripe black cherries, plums, ripe berries, there is also something from …

2017 Petit Pittacum

I don’t really remember why did I completely stop enjoying and drinking red wine, but it took me years to get back to it. I think it was a couple of months ago when I randomly had some Amarone della Valpolicella. Since then, somehow, I discovered red wine again. Petit Pittacum is made by the Bodega Pittacum located in Arganza, north from Ponferrada and Villafranca del Bierzo, in the western part of the province León. Even though the winery officially opened for business in 1999, they are focused on locating older vines (50 – 110 years old), growing in different microclimates and soils, which will allow bringing different characteristics forward. They are dedicated to the grape Mencía, and the 2017 Petit Pittacum is a 100%. Grapes for that particular wine come from a small distributed plots of a 100 years old Mencía vines, located on the hills in the El Bierzo. Sourced from the slopes facing east and north, growing in the clay soil. The hills and the valleys in the El Bierzo are creating …