94 Insider Points
We’re back with the new vintage from Chateau Mauvinon, a Bordeaux that will please any fan of the "New World" style. Inky black, with aromas of ripe, black cherries and cigar box, the flavors are all about juicy, ripe cherries, red currants and spices. There's a big, round mouthfeel, with lots of glycerol to it and soft, well-integrated tannins and hints of dark chocolate that give it a wonderfully supple feel deep into the finish. A truly amazing buy to enjoy now through 2028. - DZ Jul 2017
70% Merlot, 25% Cab Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Emilion, Bordeaux
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As our sourcing team made their way through the sunny stretches of Pomerol, they found themselves suddenly tumbling into the hills of St-Emilion. A jewel of a town that is no secret among wine lovers. Hiding behind the twin unicorns of this label, the source of that allure is revealed in this velvety, elegant bottle bursting with ripe raspberries, forest floor, leather, and spice. You’re not imagining anything, unicorns are real!
Château Mauvinon, an ivy-covered brick building with inviting open windows and a dazzling aura of familiarity, still bears the twin unicorns on its label with which Claude Tribaudeau emblazoned it at its founding in 1962. A short 2 and a half miles from the medieval stone streets of St-Emilion, the stunning family estate is classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Brigitte Tribaudeau took the reins in 1995 and is the best host for a tasting any of us could have hoped for.
While mixed feelings certainly exist about Bordeaux’s 1855 classification system, Grand Cru carries a different kind of clout in St-Emilion. In 1954, St-Emilion introduced its own classification system, complete with tighter restrictions on production and periodically reviewed to keep it up to day, relevant, and (most importantly) to ensure that Grand Cru means that you get a superior wine.
A better blend starts with better vineyards. Château Mauvinon carefully maintains their vineyards to ensure that the soil, the vines, and the cellar are at the peak of health. Their fleshy blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cab Franc and 5% Cab Sauv owes its greatness to the fact that the vines are treated like family. Well, family you like. “We like to find it on the table, with friends or family, structure, length in the mouth with sweet fruit aromas, a great wine!” – Brigitte Tribaudeau
A classic blackberry and raspberry bouquet leads into an elegant latticework of fresh fruit, leather, forest floor bolstered by a fleshy mouthfeel and velvety tannins..
The vineyard belongs to the famous area of appellation Saint-Emilion located 40 km from Bordeaux and covering an area of 6500ha on the right bank of the Garonne.
The vineyard extends on 6.5ha and is located around the cellars and the family property.
The soils are clay-limestone and gravelly, which gives the vines a great freshness when the summers are hot and a constant water supply.
The average age of the vineyard is 35 years. Completed each year, the density reaches 5,500 feet per hectare.
At the Château Mauvinon, the work of the vine is closer to gardening. Each foot is studied, cared for and worked to bring early October of the grapes to perfect maturity.
For this purpose, the grass is natural, the treatments are reasoned for a better respect of the environment, the leaves are moderate in the east then the sunset and the harvest in green allow us to obtain perfectly healthy grapes.
Enjoy with refined dishes such as quail stuffed with foie gras, and assertive cuisine such as game-based dishes. Some river fish, whether seared or in sauce (such as lamprey à la Bordelaise), are stunning companions to this Saint-Emilion.