Château Mongiron La Fleur 2018
AOC Bordeaux Supérieur, Château Mongiron, 750 ml
The bouquet of black cherry, blueberry yoghurt, bread crust and blackberries unites to a dark fruity and spicy composition. On the first sip, one senses its elegance and juicy, harmonious acidity. On the palate, flavours of wild cherry, black pepper, cloves and wild berries interweave. A charming Bordeaux that is a versatile food pairing partner thanks to its characteristics.
|Origin:||Frankreich / Bordeaux|
|Grape variety:||Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|Ripening potential:||3 to 15 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Moroccan specialities, Fegato alla veneziana, Meat terrine, Pork fillet with plums, Hearty stew with pulses|
|Vinification:||fermentation in steel tank, biological acid degradation in barrel, cooling period|
|Harvest:||hand-picking with simultaneous grape sel|
|Maturation:||in partly new and used barriques/ Pièces|
|Maturation duration:||14 months|
Set in the heart of the sea of vines between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers – in the so-called Entre-deux-Mers – lies Château Mongiron in the small town of Nérigean.
Libourne, the capital of the famous Pomerol appellation, is just 10 kilometres away on the other side of the river. On over 11 hectares, the most important grape varieties of the Bordelais are cultivated in harmony with nature: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, and the white Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Sauvignon Gris.
Forefather of the Bordeaux varieties
The Cabernet Franc is one of the oldest varieties of Bordelais and a parent of three other red grapes in the Bordeaux assortment: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère. It is distinguished by its complex, flavourful bouquet of raspberry, graphite, violet, liquorice and white pepper. In addition, it presents round, crisp tannins which turn out less strongly than those of Cabernet Sauvignon. While the Cabernet Franc always appears as part of a blend in Bordeaux, it is pressed alone on the Loire. The most renowned appellations are Chinon and Bourgueil. Incidentally, the Cabernet originates not in Bordeaux but in the Spanish Basque Country. Cabernet owes its name to the Latin “carbon”, meaning black.
Merlot is the most charming member of the Bordeaux family. It shines with rich colour, fragrant fullness, velvety tannins and sweet, plummy fruit. It even makes itself easy for the vintner, as it matures without issue in cool years as well. This is in contrast to the stricter Cabernet Sauvignon, which it complements as a blending partner. Its good qualities have made the Merlot famous worldwide. At over 100,000 hectares, it is the most-planted grape in France. It also covers large areas in California, Italy, Australia and recently in Eastern Europe. The only catch is that pure Merlot varieties rarely turn out well. Its charm is often associated with a lack of substance. Only the best specimens improve with maturity. They then develop complex notes of leather and truffles. This succeeds in the top wines from the Bordeaux appellation of Pomerol and those from Ticino, among others.
Bordeaux: high prestige, high quality
With a total area of around 115,000 hectares, Bordeaux may not be France’s largest wine-growing region, but it is certainly its most prestigious. The range of wines produced here today is enormous: ranging from red everyday wines with a great relationship between price and quality to exclusive, and accordingly expensive, premier crus. Elegant white wines and noble sweet specialties round out the spectrum.
France – Philosophy in a bottle
According to French philosophy, wine should be an expression of the soil and climate. They use the word “terroir” to describe this. Terroir makes every wine different, and many especially good. French wine is regarded worldwide as an expression of cultural perfection. The French believe that humans are responsible for the quality of the berries, the vine variety for their character, and nature for the quantity. This philosophy can be expressed succinctly as: “the truth is the vineyard, not the man.”