Domaine de Baron'Arques Limoux Rouge 2015
Domaine de Baronarques is an ancient estate, dating back to at least to the 17th Century, when it was called Domaine de Lambert. At the time, the estate belonged to the Abbey of Saint-Polycarpe, a village near Limoux in the Aude department of Southern France. In 1998 Mr. Chéreau, a Marseilles lawyer and heir of the estate, sold it to Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her two sons. The three entrusted the management of the Domaine to the family company, Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A. The estate needed extensive renovations of the vineyard and the winemaking facilities, a process that took five years.
In 2003, Domaine de Baronarques benefited from a fortunate conjunction of circumstances: the wine proved to be of very high quality and the Domaine was awarded the AOC Limoux rouge appellation, newly created by the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO). Domaine de Baronarques could take its rightful place alongside the family's other estates, including the illustrious Château Mouton Rothschild. Camille Sereys de Rothschild joined the original buyers, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild, her brothers, in 2014.
A beautiful blend combining the grapes of Bordeaux with those of the Mediterranean, this 2015 is made of 57% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Syrah and 11% Malbec. Aged in 25% new barrels and 75% 1-to 3-years-old barrels, the wine has a deep, dense color with a garnet tint. The nose reveals a wide array of aromas, opening on intense black fruit such as blackberry and bilberry together with herby garrigue notes, then developing touches of mild spice and licorice. The dense and concentrated attack gives way to a well-integrated and succulent mid-palate underpinned by refined, silky tannins, with balsamic, chocolate and licorice notes contributing to the overall harmony. The finish is fresh and harmonious on a range of black fruit and incense flavors which linger long on the palate.
|Region||France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limoux|
|Brand||Domaine de Baron'Arques|
Wine AdvocateSmelling like a classy Right Bank Bordeaux, the 2015 Grand Vin is a blend of 57% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 13% Syrah, 11% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cigar box and cassis notes lead the way, followed by hints of pencil shavings, charred barrel and dark chocolate. It's medium to full-bodied, with a fine, long and slightly dusty finish that suggests around a decade of ageability.