Wednesday, 22 August 2007

TN : Chateau Lyonnat 2002, Lussac-Saint-Emilion, France

Chateau Lyonnat is one of four Bordeaux chateaux owned by Ets. Milhade S.A. It is located in the southeastern part of Lussac Saint-Emilion. The vineyard is located on a hillside with a southern exposure and is 52 hectares. The soil is composed of thin, red sandy clay over limestone. The average age of the vines is 30 years old and some vines are 100 years old

At reception, the grapes are sorted on the bench to eliminate any undesirable berries. Then there is 100% destemming and a gentle crushing before placing the berries in temperature controlled vats. Natural yeasts initiate fermentation which generally last 10 days. A long maceration (3 Weeks) follows that extracts color, flavor, and tannins. The wine is transferred by gravity into new oak barrels (Demptos, Seguin Moreau) for malolactic fermentation and continues to age in these casks for 18 months. Fining is with egg whites and because the wine is racked clear, there is only a light filtration.

The wine is a blend of Merlot, Carbernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet France

Colour : Maroon, purple

Aroma : Black fruits, raspberry, oak, cedar, pencils

Taste : red fruits, some black fruits, oak, soft dry tanins

Alcohol : 13%

Price : 143 SEK

Mark : B-

Website : Chateau Lyonnat

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