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Chateau Marjureau-Sercillan Bordeaux Supérieur 2012 £15.95
CHATEAU MAJUREAU-SERCILLAN BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR
Alain Vironneau is the former president of the CIVB (Bordeaux Wine Trade Council). Since 1984 Vironneau has managed Châteaux Majureau-Sercillan in the Bordeaux Supérieur appellation. Since 2002, Alain Vironneau has been president of the Trade Association for Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur, the leading wine syndicate in France. He has become a controversial figure, leading the move at the end of 2005 for the syndicate to refuse to sell a tonneaux of wine at less than acceptable prices, even though the market price was lower.
Château Majureau- Sercillan consists of one 18-hectare plot with gentle slopes that allow excellent drainage and maximum exposure to the sun. The soil is a mix of clay and limestone (and it is in the more clayey parcels that the cabernet franc excels). Chemical intervention is kept to a minimum, not least in the near-perfect growing conditions of the 2010 growing season. Furthermore, the conditions of this growing season meant there was no need for de-leafing or green harvest. Pruning is in the traditional guyot style of Bordeaux.
The grapes are sorted by hand on arrival at the winery and they then go into the stainless steel vats, where alcoholic fermentation takes place. Controlled extraction (pumping over) and temperature control leads to good colour and high-quality tannins that are smooth and dense. After 25-30 days of maceration, malolactic fermentation is carried out in the vats. The wine is then transferred to the oak barrels, where it is aged for about 10 months.
With a ruby red colour and purple hues, this is a wine with expressive aromas of cherries and currants that blend harmoniously with the vanilla notes and subtle oak. Fresh and delicious, it will appeal to young wine lovers or maybe kept 5-8 years to expand its balanced oak.
This wine will make a great accompaniment to any red meats dishes or strong cheeses at the end of a meal.