2016 Château Le Sèpe Cuvee Initiale Bordeaux
The vines are planted in a clay and calcareous soil and can be found around 100 meters above the Dordogne riverbed. "At high altitudes" this helps the vines avoid the damaging effects of the fog that often intrudes on the banks of the river. It also allows natural ventilation of the vines and therefore no chemical intervention and no need for anti-botrytis treatment. At Chateau Le Sèpe, everything is done to make the wine mainly in the vineyard, so it also carries out a manual aggressive pruning (read thinning) and this is mainly done at the top and on the side of the vineyard facing the rising sun. state. This enhances the positive effects of ventilation. No further chemical products are used. The harvest takes place at night to keep the coolness of the fruit destined for the barrel and we could go on like this for a while but it makes it clear that one consciously chooses to grow the fruit naturally and then only slightly less yield and this in contrast to the many mass-driven producers. The Chateau has also completely switched to biodynamic viticulture and will be certified very soon.
The red Le Sèpe is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Malbec. The bunches of grapes are nosed before going into the barrel. The fermentation is controlled by "thermoregulation" with the daily turning of the must to facilitate the extraction of the tannins. The next stage - the maturation - takes place in French oak barrels for 12 months (Taransaud, Cadus, Darnajou and Bel-Air barrels with a capacity of 225 or 400 liters)
The wine has a beautiful red color and the nose is full of aromas of red fruit, blackcurrant and notes of vanilla. The wine is medium-bodied with good acidity and benefits from supple tannins and a generous finish with good balance. A very pleasant fruit-driven glass of wine and an excellent accompaniment to meat dishes (entrecote, grilled duck breast, game), cheeses (Langres, Tome d'Auvergne, old Gouda) and desserts with red fruit.
|Type of Wine
|Château Le Sepe
|Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot
|Drinking as of
|Dry, Fruity, Red fruit, Flexible
|Borrelen, Met vrienden, Open haard, Voor alledag