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Chateau Cantenac St Emilion Grand Cru Sélection Madame 2016

Chateau Cantenac St Emilion Grand Cru Sélection Madame 2016
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Crazy that a St Emilion Grand Cru could be found in Oz for under $100! This award winning Bordeaux has character so unique to its famous region, understated dark fruit and lurking earthiness. Serious stuff!

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Chateau Cantenac St Emilion Grand Cru Sélection Madame 2016

You would be lucky to find any St Emilion grand cru in Australia for less than $100! This one exudes Bordeaux personality, that understated dark fruit expression with an earthiness lurking in the background. We tried this one and immediately knew we were on to something special. The Romans began making wine in St Emilion almost 2 millenniums ago! You could almost envisage Jesus sharing such a wine among his disciples at the last supper. This wine is unmistakably produced from the distinct terroir that has made St Emilion so famous.

Johan Roskam who shared this wine with us and literally broke bread with us, has been making wine since he was knee high to a grasshopper! His family has owned and operated the land for 4 generations and have coined this particular wine ‘Selection Madame’, as its grapes were personally selected by his mother Madame Roskam-Brunot. It comprises 95% merlot with the remainder cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Merlot is the most important grape in St Emilion and the most widely planted in the Bordeaux wine region. These special clones of merlot are rarely seen outside of the area and produce spectacular wines with very fine tannins and complex structures.

This wine although drinking beautifully now will develop further over the next couple of decades if you can resist the temptation. We matched it with pan fried veal with thyme and butter sauce (click for recipe).  Absolutely to die for!!

Popsy & JJ tasted and food matched August 2019

Glass

Bordeaux

Cellaring

Drink now till 2036 or when the Wallabies next win the Bledisloe Cup!

Decanter

Decant for 30+ mins before drinking.
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Then God said let there be St Emilion Grand Cru!
When the matriarch of the family selected the grapes from an area that has been making wine since the 1st century I sat up and took notice. Just a palate pleasing ripper!

Try it with...

Roast chicken

Standing beef rib roast

Steak and Bearnaise sauce

Baked chicken pie

Veal pan fried with thyme and butter sauce

Pork belly