Château Roustaing Bordeaux Rouge
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Not your typical wine from this area as it has an unusually large proportion of Cabernet in it, and fleshy Cabernet at that!
Varietal Composition: Cabernet-Franc (50%), Cabernet-Sauvignon (40%), Merlot (20%)
Elaboration: The musts are usually heated before vinification, then fermented in entirely stainless-steel vats. Maceration lasts a total of 2.5 weeks. Mazeau doesn’t go in for a lot of extraction, preferring to give priority to all that Cabernet fruit. The wines are kept in tank not more than three or four months, then bottled very early, again with the objective of capturing the purety of that Cabernet fruit.
Tasting Notes: Purple – ruby color. Nice fresh and aromatic nose. The bouquet is made of red fruits and violet coulis. Well balanced, fine, round with character.
Since 1928, Château Roustaing belongs to the Mazeau family and stretches over 40 hectares on the South-facing side of the wide plateau that extends from Loupiac in the East up to the North of the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux below Créon. Its history goes back to the Gallo-Romans, who first planted a vineyard on these rounded rumps, perfectly exposed. Fourth generation owners Benjamin and Béatrice Mazeau have been working on the property since 1985. With Bordeaux veering more and more toward fleshy Merlots, it is refreshing to work with an estate that concentrates on Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Cabernets from these cool Entre-Deux-Mers soils can have difficult tannins – Benjamin Mazeau’s art is to coax Cabernet’s distinctive fruit expression over this underlying tannic structure. The result? Roustaing smells and tastes like Cabernet to its core, but at the same time it coms across soft and appealing.