WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc
  • APPELLATION
    Bordeaux, France
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

French wine laws are famously fickle, but this can be a very good thing depending on your point of view. Our Sourcing Team took full advantage of the 1955 classification that set down the rule of law proclaiming some vineyards as St Emilion Premier grand cru classé A, some Premier grand cru classé B, some Grand cru classé and some regular old Bordeaux.

This 2012 Château L'Ancien Orme falls under this last category, though the wine comes from the same grapes thriving on similarly loamy, clay soil as the great (and pricey) chateaux Cheval Blanc and Angélus, among others.

Aging in stainless steel keeps the cost of producing this value-packed Bordeaux down to mere mortal levels, while having the added effect of preserving the wine’s ripe plummy and berry fruit and snappy dark chocolate note. At this stage, this 2012 is drinking beautifully with food. Think of the Château L'Ancien Orme as your newest “bistro red,” and drink it down with rotisserie chicken, burgers or most anything at all.

·    The 2012 vintage was very successful for the Right Bank, with Merlot in particular, reaching ideal extraction and ripeness levels.

·    A mouthful of a village, Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens is just 5 kilometers from the town of Saint-Emilion but a world away from St. Emilion’s fame and fortune.

·    The blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc combines Merlot’s lushness with Cab Franc’s structure and intense blackberry fruit.

·    Sitting of the edge of the Dordogne River, the vineyards of Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens enjoy a maritime influence and ideal terroir for grape growing.

TASTING NOTES 

VINIFICATION
Mechanical harvest. Traditional vinification method in the-mo-regulated vats. Aging in stainless-steel vats.

Château L'Ancien Orme is an intense red wine, full of freshness with fruity and elegant notes. The attack is supple and round with mature and melted tannins.