Thursday, March 16, 2006

Chateau Lyonnat

2001 Chateau Lyonnat, Lussac-Saint-Emilion ($23) -- Grand Vin de Bordeaux. Mis en Bouteilles au Chateau. The D. Milhade & Sons Company, founded in 1938, distributes Estate wines for Chateau Boutisse, Chateau Lyonnat, Chateau Sergant and Chateau Recougne.

The vineyard is made up of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. The wine is fermented in vats with natural yeasts and then transfered to new oak barrels for 18 months.

On the nose I found complex aromas of fruit, earth and pencil shavings (?). The flavors are full-fruit and extracted with a long finish. Very good to the last glass!


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