Chateau de la Huste Fronsac, 2010
Like Saint-Emilion, just a few miles to the east, Fronsac has a picturesque landscape made up of woodland and hills. It also has a rich history reaching back hundreds of years. Chateau de la Huste is a beautiful shade of garnet-red with hints of raspberry and plum on the nose underpinned by a brambly structure and fine acidity. Medium bodied with a firm finish. This fresh and enticing wine is drinking superbly right now.
"Château de la Huste, the 18th-century property in Saillans, Fronsac, has an enchanting beauty that flows into Brigitte Rullier’s Merlot-based wines. The 40-year-old vines are grown on one of the highest parts of the town, giving the name La Huste (or “bump” in old French) to the wine. The 2009 is a blend of 90 per cent Merlot and 10 per cent Cabernet Franc, garnet red in the glass and endlessly delicious with freshly crushed raspberry, black cherry, plum and vanilla spice with smooth tannins and refreshing acidity. Wonderful to enjoy now, pair this medium-bodied wine with a hearty beef stew, roast lamb or chicken." The Independent & London Evening Standard, May 2017 (2009 vintage)
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|Alcohol % by Vol.||14.5%|
|Style||Red - Medium-bodied|
|Grape Type(s)||Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
The wine regions of Bordeaux are a large number of wine growing areas, differing widely in size and sometimes overlapping, which lie within the overarching wine region of Bordeaux, centred on the city of Bordeaux and covering the whole area of the Gironde department of Aquitaine.
The Bordeaux region is naturally divided by the Gironde Estuary into a Left Bank area which includes the Médoc and Graves and a Right Bank area which includes the Libournais, Bourg and Blaye. The Médoc is itself divided into Haut-Médoc (the upstream or southern portion) and Bas-Médoc (the downstream or northern portion, often referred to simply as "Médoc").
There are various sub-regions within the Haut-Médoc, including St-Estèphe, Pauillac, St.-Julien and Margaux and the less well known areas of AOC Moulis and Listrac. Graves includes the sub-regions of Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes (among others), and Sauternes in turn includes the sub-region of Barsac. The Libournais includes the sub-regions of Saint-Émilion and Pomerol (among others). There is an additional wine region of Entre-Deux-Mers, so called because it lies between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, which combine to form the Gironde. This region contains several less well known sweet wine areas of Cadillac and St. Croix de Mont.
All of these regions (except the Libournais) have their own appellation and are governed by Appellation d'origine contrôlée laws which dictate the permissible grape varieties, alcohol level, methods of pruning and picking, density of planting and appropriate yields as well as various winemaking techniques. Bordeaux wine labels will usually include the region on the front if all the grapes have been harvested in a specific region and the wine otherwise complies with the AOC requirements. There are about 50 AOCs applicable to the Bordeaux region.
Both red and white Bordeaux wines are almost invariably blended. The permissible grape varieties in red Bordeaux are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. While wine making styles vary, a general rule of thumb is that the Left Bank is predominately Cabernet Sauvignon based with the Right Bank being more Merlot based. The Graves area produces both red wine (from the grapes previously mentioned) and white wine from the Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle grapes. The area of Sauternes (including Barsac) is known for its botrytized dessert wines.