Today’s wine is a wonderful Saint-Émilion red from the Bordeaux region of France. Located in the southwest corner of France, it is the largest wine producing region in France with nearly 700 million bottles per year.
There is a saying in French called “goût de terroir” meaning taste of the earth. Domaine De Clotte is no different. The warm and earthy terroir of the region comes through on the nose. There is no mistaking that this is a French wine! That warmth comes through on the palate with notes of leather and smoke. This Saint-Émilion is semi-dry and medium-bodied with a long and smooth finish. And while that warmth, leather and especially smoke greet you, there is also rich, full fruit in the background. It is an excellent wine.
Bordeaux blends tend to be mostly Merlot grapes with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon resulting in fine, structured wines. Other varietals such as Petit Verdot and Malbec may be used later in the process. But Bordeaux wines are not measured by the type of grape but the factors of soil and terroir, weather, and location of the village! Like most wine regions, climate and location are key to producing wine and the Bordeaux region prides itself on mild and moderate weather nearly year-round.
Take a chance on a Saint-Émilion red next time you’re in the wine shop. See what is recommended and take a chance: The first grapes were planted nearly 2000 years ago, they know what they’re doing! Enjoy!