Friday, 21 August 2009

Red Wine With Grouse

My choice of red wine to drink with Grouse would be Chateau Les Tonnelles (£7.82). Les Tonnelles hails from can ancient estate in Saint Aignan in Fronsac, on the Right Bank of the Dordogne River a few miles away from Libourne. Château les Tonnelles is part of the estate of Château Badette – a Saint Emilion Grand Cru which has been left to the town as there were no heirs left to inherit. It's vineyards are small, being only 19 acres and Tonnelles takes its name from the wooded arbours that dapple the hillsides.

In the 1800s Fronsac was more famous than Saint Emilion and Pomerol and centuries before Charlemagne loved the supple qualities and spicy flavour of Fronsac's wine. Fronsac wines are essentially hillside wines that have lots of body, character and a wonderful consistency in the mouth. They have notes of raspberries, pepper and spices and age well but can also be enjoyed young. Château les Tonnelles is made from 100% Merlot and this grape loves the deep soil and ripens better here than Cabernet Sauvignon. Château les Tonnelles is a lovely, full bodied wine which is a dark, warm purple. It has been aged in oak for around 15 months, is smooth and round in the mouth and has flavours full of black fruits. It's a sumptuous wine that is very classy.

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