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Chateau Gaby Cuvee Canon-Fronsac, France 2012

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Tasting Notes: Lovely color, intense red with bright tints. Pretty, red fruit hints on the nose and, in some vintages, black fruit too. Discretely woody notes highlight the classy nature of this wine. A good, no-nonsense attack, moves attractively from red to black fruit. Very ripe, very elegant flavors with slightly toasted and spicy hints that linger on the finish.

Winemaking Notes: The wine is made in concrete and oak vats- half by punching down, half by pumping over. It is fermented at 82°-83°F during the first stage of fermentation. Extraction is done when the sugar content is high, and it is stopped when the alcohol content reaches 5%. We often stop high extraction and do more maceration. That technique makes wines with elegant structure, velvety tannins, rich and round fruit flavors, and well-balanced taste. The wine is aged in barrels for 24 months with 50% new oak for each vintage. Harvest: Gaby Cuvée is a special selection of plots on the estate, limestone soil, south facing hills. Plowing with horse and harvest by hand.

Vineyard: Château Gaby is an estate located in the Right Bank region of the Canon- Fronsac appellation in Bordeaux, France and produces some of the region’s finest Bordeaux wines. For years, wines from this appellation have been considered an insider’s secret, but recently their quality is attracting attention around the world. Château Gaby and Château Gaby Cuvee wines are produced entirely from older vines grown on the limestone rich hills of the Gaby estate. Flanked by the Dordogne River, the picturesque hills of the satellite appellation of Canon-Fronsac boast the same characteristics as those of the renowned Saint-Émilion appellation. Limestone soils with clay sub soil and natural drainage combined with perfect exposure to the sun produce very favorable ripening conditions for all grape varieties, especially the Cabernet Franc which is used in increasing proportions in the final blend of Château Gaby’s wines.

Awards: Awarded 92 points by James Suckling

Wine Maker: Damien Landouar

Region: Canon Fronsac