Chateau Agassac 2009 - Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois Superieur
The AOC Haut-Médoc is located south of Gironde and follows the upper reaches of the estuary, north of Bordeaux. It includes 6 appellations that occupy the most prestigious terroirs and include the majority of classified growths. Five wines are also included in the 1855 classification (La Laguna, La Tour Carnet, Belgrave, Camensac and Cantemerle). This designation has beautiful serious cuts, conducive to cabernet sauvignon, and an active trading and many castles. At the gates of the Médoc, Ludon, Château Agassac displays its differences and its anti-conformism. It is owned by Groupama but governed by Jean-Luc Zell, which in recent years has done an outstanding job. Beyond specific to each vintage differences, some constants mark this wine consists of 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc: character, charm, subtlety, sensuality and aromatic persistence. Dense, always very mature, Castle Agassac delights with its purity and elegance. Local tradition says that a Latin inscription found in Castle underground assigns its construction siècle.Toutefois the XIII, the legend does not say if the first of his known lords Gaillard Gassac, was an amateur product of the vine. One thing is sure, the vast and elegant cellars adjoining the fortress still home today our wines and show an ancient winemaking tradition, one of the latest features was the meeting at the end of the 19th century two areas neighbors: D Agassac and Pomiès-Agassac.
|Bottle Size||0.75 L|
|Grapes||50% Merlot 47% Cabernet Sauvignon 3%|
|When to drink||2017-2029|
2009 is unquestionably a great vintage in the entire Bordeaux vineyard. The sunny climate of the summer and September favored a high concentration of anthocyanins and aromas, a necessary, but not sufficient to qualify as a great vintage. It also requires that the balance between alcohol and acidity is at the rendezvous. Fruit quality has welcomed all observers and actors of this vintage, a tasty and delicate fruit that we find in all the wines that have not been harvested too late, one of the risks of the vintage, which can bring flavors some cooked and heavy. For those who have a just harvested ripe, we find this quality in a remarkable fruit tannins balance / alcohol / acidity that makes them relatively easy to sample young wines that are clearly tailored to the guard. It is therefore not found too far from a year like 2005, but with a less square ""and more open side Another characteristic of this vintage. The fairly general success in all the names and all types of wine either red of course, but also dry white or sweet wines. In the Medoc, the winter was a bit colder than usual but until March, the region benefited from prolonged sunshine, above the average of the last thirty years and conducive to good grape ripening. April was very humid, often stormy May Flowering, quick and even intervened early June. Summer moved, very sunny, without excess. The high water stress and good conditions allowed a perfect and complete maturation. September was ideal, alternating warm days and cool nights. The harvest, the vineyard was perfectly healthy in its great majority. On the right bank, in Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, the same climatic conditions were favorable for a very good year, maybe more responsible alcohol, however for the Merlot. Cabernet franc and sauvignon found a better balance. A Sauternes and Barsac, drought and moderate heat for six consecutive months gave perfectly ripe grapes, very rich in sugars (and alcohol), perhaps even more than 2005. The vegetative phase was of rare quality and cool nights summer preserved acidity and aromatic potential. The botrytis was superb, thanks to the rains of September 19 (without the announced deluges!) And hot and dry next three weeks. Yquem went his last grapes on October 19; as opulent 1990 as intense in 2003, concentrated in 2001 as magical as 1893, 2009 looks great, at least wait ... afterwards. "".