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Chateau des Tourtes Cuvee Prestige

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Winery Chateau des Tourtes
Grape Merlot
Year 2009
Country France
Appellation Côtes de Bordeaux

$30.00 per bottle

Member Price: $27.00

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Bordeaux’s rich 2009 vintage means that wines from less-prestigious districts, like Côtes de Bordeaux, offer great value.
What You Need To Know
Blaye is a sleepy town about 30 miles downstream from the city of Bordeaux, on the right bank of the Gironde river. Like virtually all estates in Blaye and its fellow Côtes de Bordeaux subregions (Cadillac, Castillon and Francs), Château des Tourtes focuses on Merlot, with Cabernet Sauvignon playing a supporting role. The estate is owned and run by the Raguenot family, including sisters Marie-Pierre and Emmanuelle Raguenot and their spouses. Emmanuelle’s husband, Daren Miller, is an American who fell in love with Emmanuelle when she interned at a Pennsylvania winery; he manages the vineyards. The warm 2009 vintage gives this red an almost California-like plumpness.
Smell It
Smell It
Cedary black-currant and plum scents.
Taste It
Taste It
Darkly fruity, with ripe plum and tobacco flavors.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Game, duck and red meats, especially lamb and beef.