Chateau Lagrezette Zette 2003
Producer Background: Since 1989, the renowned enologist Michel Rolland has worked with Alain Dominique Perrin to oversee viticulture at the property, with the objective to produce the most expressive and healthy grapes possible. Manual leaf pulling is used to control exposure and reduce vigor, and manual green pruning controls yields and helps to obtain concentration in the fruit. Harvesting by hand ensures healthy fruit is picked and manual sorting eliminates any inferior fruit before crush. The underground cellars of Domaine de Lagrezette were designed to help the development of the read more... wine and to preserve the environment. On three levels, they’re 55 meters long and 19 meters deep, containing a gravity-fed system for moving the wine from sorting, de-stemming, and crush, at the top level, to stainless steel fermentation tanks and 75 hectoliter oak vats for the luxury cuvées, on the middle level. The barrel cellar is located below, for extended aging of the wines. Wine Type: Dry Red Grape Type: 100% Malbec. Country: France Region: Cahors Vinification: A new wine exclusive to the U.S. market, Zette is made from 100% Malbec grapes from fifteen year-old vines grown in clay and limestone soils. There is a four-day cold maceration at 12ºC, fermentation at 30ºC, and an extended maceration at 28ºC with daily pumping over, to extract beneficial “primary material” from the grapes; i.e. complex aromas, deep colors, plush palate flavors and soft, ripe tannins. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tank before aging for 12 months in French oak barrels.
Cedar, vanilla and caraway nose, smooth, still tannic, dry green pepper and cocoa body, honey finish
The "ZETTE" is Chateau Lagrezette's "cheap" wine. Sure doesn't taste like it, though! The 2003 is young still for drinking - decant this if you will be drinking now. At ~$11, this is a SCREAMING deal from France. A truly wonderful medium-bodied wine, at an "everyday drinker" price. Love it!
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