Château-Plaisance Cuvee Alix 2010
A wonderful Côtes de Bordeaux made by the quality-driven Magrez family, especially well-known for their flagship estate : Pape Clement in Graves. Plaisance is located on a south-facing hillside which gives the vineyard plenty of sunshine for ripening its grapes in its clay, limestone and gravel soils. Planted to 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc with vines averaging 25 years, Château Plaisance is an 18th century old country manor located on a beautiful 40 hectare- estate that formerly belonged to the famous Bordeaux restaurateur Dubern. Since 2005, the estate has been run by Philippe Magrez, a 4th generation winegrower (and son of Bernard Magrez) who combines the best modern winemaking techniques with the finest Bordeaux traditions. In the vineyard, he uses natural grass covering, trellising height of 2.20m, and green harvesting. Grapes are picked then sorted on a vibrating table for further quality control. Typically aged 9 months in barrels.
|Region||France, Bordeaux, Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux|
Wine SpectatorA forward, flattering style, offering quite lush raspberry and plum sauce flavors, with sweet toasted spice notes that are well-integrated in the fleshy, tobacco-tinged finish. A touch shy on grip in the end, but will have some fans for sure. Drink now.
Wine AdvocateThere are 100,000 bottles of this beautiful sleeper of the vintage, which offers terrific value. The proprietor is the son of Bernard Magrez, who has crafted a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc. Fruity and Bordeaux-like, with notes of tobacco leaf, blueberries, black raspberries and incense, this explosively fruity, delicious, complex wine is relatively easy to consume yet should continue to drink well for 7-8 years, if not longer.