Château La Communion 2019
AC Bordeaux Supérieur, 750 ml
La Communion is the latest project of Thomas Hervé, the patron of Château Moulin Haut-Laroque in Fronsac. The nose is dominated by red forest berries and hints of mint, which give the wine a certain freshness. On the palate, this single variety Merlot is aromatic, dense and soft with silky tannins and wonderfully balanced.
A product of the Marc Almert Selection IV
With the Marc Almert Selection, the ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019, presents you a personally compiled selection of wines that not only touch his palate, but also his heart.
Marc Almert about the Château La Communion
At Baur au Lac Vins, we are constantly on the lookout for new, inspiring wines for our customers. An important role is played by an internal tasting panel, which is very selective and only includes a few new wines in the range. The moments we cherish most, are those when we all look at each other in the panel and it is clear to everyone: what we have here in the glass MUST become part of our range! This is what happened to us last year with Château La Communion. The new project of our long-standing partner Moulin Haut-Laroque is a château in the classic style, i.e. the vines surround the estate building. A single-varietal Merlot that is already enormously accessible in its youth and, in addition to fine fruit, also has a balanced structure and great drinking pleasure. Perfect as an after-work wine or for larger parties - because such a price-pleasure ratio is very rare in Bordeaux.
|Origin:||France / Bordeaux / Fronsac und Canon-Fronsac|
|Ripening potential:||5 to 15 years|
|Drinking temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Vinification:||fermentation in wooden barrel, fermentation in steel tank, Pumping over|
|Maturation:||in large wooden barrel/foudre, in partly new and used barriques/ Pièces|
|Maturation duration:||12 months|
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.
Fronsac und Canon-Fronsac
Fronsac and Canon Fronsac: in the best company
Somewhat off the beaten track of the prestigious premier crus and new super crus, winemakers in Fronsac and Canon Fronsac produce classic, well-structured and storable Bordeaux wines with an excellent quality to price ratio. Thanks to the well-proportioned hilly terrain and the medieval estates, this is rural Bordeaux at its most beautiful.
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.”