Chateau Michel de Montaigne Bergerac Les Amis 2016
The property is the birthplace of Michel de Montaigne, who was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance. Michel is well known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre.
Today, the Chateau is owned by the Mahler-Besse family, owners of Chateau Palmer in Margaux and many other first-class winemaking properties in Bordeaux and around the world. In 1964 they rebuilt this historic Bergerac property which lies less than six miles from the village of St. Emilion. The terroir is identical to right bank Bordeaux and so the vineyards hold 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon on clay and marl soils and the vines average 20 years of age.
This vintage has a taste of cherry, vanilla and leather with a medium complexity and finish.
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"Very attractive, ripe fruit with hints of cherries and berries. Full body, soft and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Fun and inviting. Drink now." -Rated 90, James Suckling