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Montagne-Saint-Emilion by Vieux Chateau Saint Andre 2019

Montagne-Saint-Emilion

by Vieux Chateau Saint Andre 2019

Producer : Vieux Chateau Saint Andre

Region : Bordeaux (France), France (France)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Cured Meat, Red Meat

Tasting Notes

Our #1 Wine of the Year!

There is a short list of Bordeaux winemakers that can be called truly iconic. Jean-Claude Berrouet is one of those names; his history is inextricably linked to THE greatest right bank Bordeaux, having been the winemaker at Petrús and Trotanoy for over 40 years. After his retirement from Petrus in 2007 he and his sons began to focus on their family estate, Vieux Chateau Saint Andre, which is in a tiny hamlet of the right bank of Bordeaux. This wine, from a globally revered icon, is one of the greatest value opportunities to drink the very best of Bordeaux.

A taste of Bordeaux’s exceptional 2019 vintage in this appealing, Saint-Emilion satellite. This energetic red is racy on the nose, elegant and deep with a floral touch. It's body is chiselled from a tannic framework supporting ripe, juicy smoothness. This wine is dry and tactile, is drinking exceptionally well now, but based on the older vintages we've tried, it will greatly reward up to a decade of cellaring.

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness Descriptor XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Vieux Chateau Saint Andre
Region Bordeaux (France), France (France)
Alcohol 14.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2019
Farming Method Sustainable
Food Pairing Cured Meat, Red Meat
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $299.94

The Producer

Vieux Chateau Saint Andre

Dubbed “a true insider’s wine producer” by Jane Anson in Inside Bordeaux, Vieux Château Saint André in Montagne-St Emilion is an estate to watch. Second-generation owner-winemaker Jeff Berrouet tells us why.

Vieux Château-Saint-André lies in the Montagne-Saint-Emilion appellation and was created in 1978 by Jean-Claude Berrouet, former winemaker at Petrus. His son has managed the estate since 2002, in addition to other properties such as Château Samion (Lalande-de-Pomerol) and another in Irouléguy.

Berrouet was recruited to be winemaker and technical director for Etablissement Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1964 where he was responsible for the production of their complete range of wines from Pomerol and St. Emilion. These estates included over a dozen properties among which were Chateaux Magdelaine, Trotanoy and Petrus. He carried out this role for 44 vintages. Berrouet retired formally from winemaking in 2007, but with the help of his son, Jean-François Berrouet, has continued to work as a technical consultant for wineries in Israel, Argentina, China and France.

JC Berrouet owns the 8 hectare Vieux Chateau St-Andre in Montagne St Emilion, which he runs with his son Jean-François. Upon his retirement, Christian Moueix said “Jean-Claude Berrouet’s contribution has not only been lengthy, but also, immeasurable. With a lifelong passion in poetry as well as wine, his philosophy has been for the wines to express their terroir, always favoring elegance over extraction.

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