Cap de Faugeres, Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon, 2016

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Chateau Cap de Faugeres

Consistently ranked as one of the finest estates in Bordeaux`s Cotes de Castillon region, Cap de Faugeres has been the beneficiary of strong investment in recent years following its acquisition by Swiss perfumer Silvio Denz, who also owns luxury glassmaker Lalique. The 46-hectare vineyard in the village of Sainte-Colombe is chiefly planted to Merlot, with Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon filling the remainder. Consistently excellent, both in quality and value.

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Chateau Cap de Faugeres


Undoubtedly the most well-known fine wine region on the planet, the French wine region of Bordeaux spans 120,000 hectares of vineyard and is demarcated by the Gironde Estuary and its two main tributaries, the Garonne and the Dordogne. The region is divided into the Left Bank, for vineyards located on the left bank of the Garonne River, and the Right Bank, for vineyards on the right bank of the Dordogne. Famous Left Bank appellations such as Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estephe and Margaux are well-known for their quality, but value is also found in Haut-Medoc and Moulis. The Right Bank is well known for Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, while the upcoming regions of Lalande-de-Pomerol and Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon should not be overlooked. Close to the city Sauternes and Barsac make some of the world's best sweet wines, while the appellations of Pessac-Leognan and Graves do a fine line in rich reds and full-bodied whites. Red Bordeaux wines are made from a blend of grapes, and the permitted varieties are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and, less commonly, Malbec and Carmenere. Very broadly speaking, Right Bank wines will have a predominance of Merlot, while Left Bank wines will rely on Cabernet Sauvignon as the primary variety in a blend. White wines, both dry and sweet, are made from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle.

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Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon

Sold as Cotes de Castillon until 2009, when several appellations were brought under a new umbrella region called Cotes de Bordeaux. Located right on the eastern fringe of the Bordeaux wine region, all of the wines produced in Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon are red. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are the most planted varieties, but some Malbec and Carmenere can be found. The soils are clay and gravel based with Merlot mainly found in the clay soils and Cabernet Sauvignon planted in the gravels. The wines typically have structure and rich flavour and can be drunk early or cellared for a few years.

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Bordeaux Red Blend

Red Bordeaux wines are most often made from a blend of grapes, officially Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere. The term is now used across the world to emulate the style of the famous blended wines of Bordeaux, and will be made in the same style in the majority of examples. When very broadly referring to Bordeaux wines, Left Bank wines will have a higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, while Right Bank wines use Merlot as the dominant partner in the blend.

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