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CHATEAU VIEUX FORT

Médoc

“No ensemble of French wine is complete without a great Bordeaux. 'Claret' has been one of the most popular wines in England since the Middle Ages. And this is a great introduction from a château that's constantly on the up”

ELIZABETH KELLY MW

Wine Information

About the wine

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot rule the roost in Bordeaux. And this is made from almost equal parts of both. The Merlot brings the body, while the Cabernet Sauvignon adds tannins and acidity - which make claret famously suitable for ageing. Oak maturation increases the tannins and imparts hints of vanilla and earth. Great with roast beef.

 

About the producer

Château le Vieux Fort scraps grapes that aren't sufficient for this blend. This, known as yield control, is an expensive process that brings quality, not quantity. And the estate has been awarded prestigious Cru Bourgeois status as a result.

 

About the region

Bordeaux is divided by the Gironde estuary. Either side of the river is the Left and Right Bank. This wine is made in Médoc, a UNESCO Heritage site on the Left Bank that has a rich pathwork of suitable soils for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grapes. Many of the world's most expensive wines are made here.

Dry
Sweetness
Sweet
Low
Acidity
High
Low
Tannins
High
Light
Body
Full