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Marquise des Tours Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon Dulong, Bordeaux 2009

Marquise des Tours Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon Dulong, Bordeaux 2009

The Merlot with its fleshy plum character contributes most of the fruit flavour whilst the Cabernet adds structure along with blackcurrant and aromatic notes.
Bordeaux AOC
Marquise des Tours
Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon
Drink now + 2 years
The Bordeaux region of France

The most famous wine name in the world, Bordeaux, is found towards the south west corner of France, surrounding the historic city of the same name.

The climate in Bordeaux is very marginal, which means vintages can sometimes be challenging, although the region’s relentless optimism when it comes to talking about the quality of each vintage has become a source of some amusement in recent years, as each year is declared “the vintage of the century”.

Then again, wines from this region are often rated as of the most superior quality in the world, and have long been held high on a pedestal as a benchmark style for other regions all over the world to copy. The region is also living proof that blended wines should not be sniffed at because, as here in Bordeaux, they produce some of the best wines in the world.

On the left bank of the Garonne river, along the region known as the Médoc, Cabernet Sauvignon rules, although seldom are its wines made from 100% Cabernet and are often softened with the fleshy Merlot. There are five red grapes permitted in red Bordeaux; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

The left bank is home to the five First Growth châteaux. These properties have been given elevated status under the famous 1855 classification system, which ranked the properties in Bordeaux according to quality. While this is still pertinent today, there are also a number of quality wines on the left bank of Bordeaux which did not make the grade more than a century and a half ago. Today these wines are often referred to as Cru Bourgeois and can be a source of value for money Bordeaux.

Coming back to the right bank north of Dordogne, the clay soils make Merlot a more favourable grape to grow than Cabernet Sauvignon and is the home to St Emilion and Pomerol.

We must not forget that Bordeaux is also the region of Sauternes, another world class, often regarded as benchmark style of wine. Made from one or all three white grapes Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle which have been affected by the noble rot condition called botrytis, they make heady, perfumed, unctuous sweet wines. The same white grapes, especially Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, are used to produce dry white Bordeaux, a style which has been much overlooked thanks to the region’s red wine fame but which can be a fruity, refreshing aperitif or seafood-matching wine.

Other Bordeaux regions of note include Entre Deux Mers, Côtes de Castillon, Blaye and Bourg.
Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon

You couldn’t get much more of a classic blend of two red varietals – this is the stuff that top Claret is made of – although those producers wanting to make a Bordeaux style of wine have transported it to the majority of wine-producing regions in the world.
This blend will produce a wine that is bold and concentrated with lots of berry fruit flavours and a large dollop of tannin. (See also Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot)

Salads & Vegetables
This style of wine goes best with grilled and roasted vegetables and charcuterie i.e. salami, prosciutto and smoked meats. It is also a great companion to olives. 
Fish & Seafood
A nice piece of cod, seared salmon, sea trout or tuna works well with this wine. You could even mix some pancetta in with the cod to add depth of flavour.
Pasta & Other Sauces 
Perfectly matched to tomato-based dishes such as lasagne or pasta with arrabbiata or napoletana sauce.
Pair this wine with light pork dishes, roast chicken, turkey or salami to complement the characteristics of this wine.
Herbs & Spices 
Create dishes using basil, coriander, garlic and nutmeg to set this wine off well.
Spicy Foods 
Spicy Italian sauces and Spanish chorizo dishes work well with this wine.
Team this wine with Cheddar, dolcelatte, mozzerella, Parmesan and Port-Salut. 
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