By Duane Pemberton
For me, it’s always a good time to enjoy a hearty red – especially one that’s well made and even better if it’s priced appropriately. While many of us look to regions like Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Chile for good values, France has been “listening” to the market as well and thankfully there are producers over there churning out good W.E.P.
Chateau Sainte-Marie has been producing wine since 1956 and makes a ton of it – in fact, this 2007 bottle I’m reviewing will have 174,000 bottles made of it.
- Plots – Selection of our best islets.
- Generation 2007 – 174 000 btl.
- Soil – clay and limestone.
- Spacing – 5 000-6 000 plants / ha.
- Performance – 8-10 clusters / feet
- Average age of vines – 18 years
- Harvest – between 17/28 September for the Merlot and 3 / 10 October for Cabernets.
- Joining 2007-54% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon 28%
- Winemaking – harvesting and sorting. Vinification, fermentation and maceration
- March-May weeks in stainless steel tanks for extraction of soft tannins.
- Cooperage: 12 months in French oak barrels, of 20% new barrels.
- Potential storage – ideal between 2006 and 2010
- Price: $15
Nose: White peppercorns with some nice hints of cherries, cabbage, and black fruits.
Taste: Black cherries, medicine cabinet, leather, a nice hint of gym socks and blackberry. Excellent fruit on the front palate that transitions into a mid-palate that has a good mouthfeel and doesn’t get too hot. It picks up some really good green-qualities on the backend that I really enjoy like rhubarb, cabbage and even a touch of burnt asparagus tips. Overall a very solid red and for the price would be an easy, daily drinker.