Château Barreyres, Bordeaux Rouge (2011)
Grapes: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage year: 2011
Geography: Bordeaux, France
This Cru Bourgeois from Haut-Médoc from Château Barreyres is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, each accounting for one half. The vineyard is located between the town of Arcins and the Gironde, thus satisfying the saying that to produce a great wine, the vines of the peninsula must see the river.
The soil of this terroir of choice is composed of clay and siliceous ridges that impart a certain femininity to this wine, cutting with the usual character of Haut-Médoc. The vinification involves stainless steel vats as well as wooden vats, before aging in barrels, with a proportion of new wood that varies according to the power of the vintage, the goal being to frame the tannins and not to denature the wine.
The result is a smooth, powerful, fresh and intense wine that expresses wonderfully this femininity that will surprise many. To drink in 10 years when the vintage allows it.