Château Barrail Destieu, Saint-Émilion (2010)
Grapes: Merlot and Cabernet Franc
Geography: Bordeaux, France
Chateau Destieux does not take its name from a former owner, or the founder of the estate like so many Bordeaux wine producers. History is not exactly sure. The name comes from the amazing vista’s that can be seen from the top of the slopes on the property. Destieux is an archaic, French term that can be loosely translated to “des yeux” or “eyes.”
The 8 hectare vineyard of Chateau Destieux in Saint Emilion is planted to 66% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon. The terroir is chalk and clay soils on a plateau, with slopes. At its peak, the vineyard rises to 100 meters, making it one of the highest elevations in the appellation.
Open, forward and round in texture, the wine is filled with licorice, espresso beans, ripe black cherries and earth.