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Château Croix du Trale Haut-Médoc 2011

The Experience

Drink When...
During a storm
Listen To...
Verdi Requiem
Think About...
...the frailty of man
Drink With...
Daube of beef

The Oddbins Take

One of the glorious things about colder weather is that magical feeling you get when curled up indoors with the elements safely shut out. Preferably with an open fire and a cat. Beside said fireplace, there should also be an open bottle of Bordeaux like this one: Very typical of Haut-Médoc, well structured, with good ripeness, and lean complexity. A very classic expression from a brilliant vintage.

The Vital Statistics

Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Classification
AOC Haut-Médoc
Vintage
2011
Drink
Best Drunk Now & Over the Next 5 Years
Closure
Cork
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Residual Sugar
2 g/l
13.5%
Alcohol Units
10.1

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The Style

Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot
Character
Earthy, Leafy Herby, Subtle
Oak
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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Peter Homer in The Bognor Regis Observer: “Now to a quartet of wines from France, and my own favourite in this small group is Chateau Croix du Trale 2010 Haut-Medoc. This powerful, earthy claret, comprising half and half cabernet sauvignon and merlot, cries out for roast beef or a tender steak to go with it. Flavours include blackcurrants, blackberries and plums, with ripe tannins.”
Château Croix du Trale is a family owned and managed estate located in Saint-Seurin de Cadourne in Northern St-Estèphe. In the winery, the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are handled separately till the final assemblage. They are partially de-stemmed and then cold macerated for forty-eight hours prior to pressing and fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Once the final cuvée is assembled the wine spends approximately nine months in neutral oak vats and then a further three months in bottle before release. The wine is fined with egg whites.