Chateau Soutard 2000 IMPERIALE - Grand Cru Classe Saint-Emilion
Soutard Castle, one of the oldest estates in Saint-Emilion, since 1836 was the property of the same family, the Ligneris, before being bought in 2006 by the insurer AG2R-La Mondiale. The vineyard, which rests on a limestone soil, and traditional working methods contribute to the production of a deeply concentrated wine with character. Of great aging potential, Soutard deserve the rank of premier grand cru.
|Bottle Size||6 L|
|Grapes||70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc|
|When to drink||N/A|
A great vintage. The Medoc and Graves are sublime. However, fans should be more selective in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion. A vintage to forget in Sauternes. The weather conditions were perfect for wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2000 are deeply colored wines that exhibit aromas and flavors of concentrated fruit, which are equipped with ripe tannins, the acidity levels are relatively low and remarkably long finals in almost all regions and categories raw. This vintage surpasses the great vintages such as 1996 and 1998. The best wines come from Pauillac and Saint-Julien. The Margaux follow closely, easily outperforming Saint-Estephe. In the Libourne, some wines like Cheval Blanc will enter the legend, but other wines lack depth. Graves are superb. Whites have a great freshness with a perfect balance. The reds are highly aromatic, fleshy and strong, they are long guards. In Sauternes, hopes of a crop which promised wonderful were destroyed by rainstorms that hit the vineyards during the harvest. Very few wines have good concentration and an even smaller number of these wines feature the flavors of botrytis.