Chateau Cremade - 2011 Palette Rouge
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Inside the Bottle: Recently, I jokingly said that it this wine was the best Bordeaux I've had in years. Of course, it's not Bordeaux, but somehow, Grenache, the leading player in the mix, initially carries the seductive character a good right bank, red-fruited, Pommerol -you know, the style in which they used to make them… However, that is just the first impression inside the glass.
I don't usually write too many exacting tasting notes but I thought I'd go for it with this one -what happened even surprised me! At first, decadent but refined, chocolate and burnt cherries fill your nose, giving you fair warning of its oncoming pleasure. After only a few minutes, the 13 red grapes (or more!) that make up this blend start to unleash a mille feuille of complex characters. Persian mulberry, exotic greens, sweet anise, potpourri, dried orange peel and thyme, lemon preserves, chestnut cake, earl grey, lavender, chaparral and red rose show their faces, one by one. In the back corners of the wine, roasted butternut squash (believe it or not!), chanterelle mushrooms, wet concrete and crushed stone keep this wonderfully schizophrenic masterpiece grounded. In the palate, fresh, vibrant acidity and soft, but straight tannins render the palate refreshed with mulberry, underripe blueberry, poached raspberries and spice. Indeed, the wine offers more than hedonistic pleasures and will easily satiate the curious mind of the wine geek.
Terroir and more: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan lead the charge, followed by micro quantities of Cabernet-Sauvignon, Durif, Castet, Brun-Fourcat, Manosquin, Terret Gris, Tibouren and more. The vines surround the chateau and are grown on limestone and clay. In the cellar, they spend 18 months in barrel and are bottled with as little sulphur at possible.