Chateau de France Rouge 2016

Chateau de France Rouge 2016

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An ancient manor house stood on the grounds of Chateau de France in the 17th century. The manor house was constructed by Philippe Decoud and parts still remain in the cellars of the Chateau de France. Marceau Dubasque and Jean de Latreilles joined small plots of land together to form the estate in the 17th century. The building and the cellars were built at the end of the 17th century. the estate was briefly held by the Pontac family, who owned many chateau in the 18th century. During the ownership of Jean Henri Lacoste, the word spread about the quality of the wines produced at the Chateau. in 1971, the property was purchased, sight unseen, by Bernard Thomassin. The Tomassin family has invested heavily in renovation of the property and wine making. Te estate is currently run by Arnaud Thomassin.
The vineyard is planted 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot. The 2016 blend consists of equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Wine Spectator: 92
This has the gamut of dark currant and blackberry compote flavors, with smoldering tobacco, tar and cedar notes and singed savory details. While dark and slightly rustic in profile, this has a good zip of fresh acidity through the finish. Shows solid range and character. Drink now through 2030.
Wine Advocate: 89
The 2016 de France is medium to deep garnet-purple colored with black cherries, warm plums and cassis aromas with wafts of cigar box and crushed stones. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh and juicy with plush tannins and a lively lift. Drink 2019-2029.
Decanter: 89
Château de France is owned by the Thomassin family and comprises 40ha of relatively old vines averaging over 30 years old, planted in deep gravel soils in Leognan. I love the smoky, coffee edge to this wine with grilled almond and vanilla bean, showing that the 40% new oak barrels are put to good use, well judged and not at all overdone. It delivers the richness that you expect from a Pessac, although it's a touch drying and abrupt on the finish where the coffee beans turn into coffee grounds. This can perhaps be corrected through ageing. From a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot. Drinking Window 2027 - 2050.
Wine Enthusiast: 94
Barrel Sample. This is a big, bold wine, ripe with sweet tannins that balance the generous black currant fruitiness. The dense texture offers pleasant concentration, and the wine shows good aging potential.
Vinous: 90
James Suckling: 92
There’s plenty of dark-berry character, such as blueberries and blackberries with hints of bark. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a soft and caressing finish. Better after 2022.