Chateau Sainte-Marie 2019 'Alios' Cotes de Bordeaux AOC
Item Number: 16452
Sub Region: Entre-Deux-Mers
Appellation/AVA: Cotes de Bordeaux AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 74% Merlot / 21% Cabernet Sauvignon / 5% Petit Verdot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Clayey gravel
Winemaking Notes: The fruit for this wine comes from two vineyard plots: La Cabane and La Gravette. Grapes are manually harvested and manually sorted. Wine ages for 14 months in French oak barrels, 1/3 of which were new.
Tasting Notes: In the glass, the Alios red Bordeaux exudes an intense bouquet of black fruit (plum and blackcurrant), cedar and toasted notes. On the palate, it is ample and generous with round tannins that are both silky and elegant. The finish is long and seductive. The aging potential is between 3-10 years.
Vintage Notes by Vinous 2/17/2022: "Omne trium perfectum, Latin for “good things come in threes”: Star Wars (the original trilogy, of course), Bacon’s triptychs, The Ronettes, Guigal’s La La’s, French hens, little pigs, wise men and dimensions. The Bordelais will point to another: the 2018, 2019 and 2020 vintages. In the future, wine lovers will compare this triumvirate and debate which takes gold, silver and bronze (unless you are a Bordeaux winemaker, in which case they will all receive gold). Though points can be compared and conclusions drawn, it is too early to predict what pinnacles these vintages will ultimately reach. When tasting the barrel samples, my gut feeling was that 2019 edged out 2018."