Chateau Matras St. Emilion Bordeaux, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Matras St. Emilion with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairings, best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards, and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Matras has a long history in Saint Emilion dating all the way back to the 12th century. At the time, the property was used as a church. Chateau Matras was until recently, owned by the Gaboriaud family.

Chateau Matras Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

This 6.8-hectare Chateau Matras vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. The vines are on average about 35 to 40 years old.

The terroir of Chateau Matras is sand and clay with some limestone, chalk, and iron deposits. At Chateau Matras, prior to their sale in 2011, alcoholic fermentation took place in temperature-controlled, steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels.

The wines were aged in 50% new oak for 18 to 24 months. Today, the wine is aged in 20% new, French oak barrels for 18 months.

In 2011, Chateau Matras was purchased by the owners of the luxury goods manufacturer, Chanel, who also own Chateau Canon in St. Emilion, as well as Chateau Rauzan Segla in the Margaux appellation. With the funds and desire to produce the best wine possible, along with good terroir, it will be interesting to what happens. After the purchase by the owners of Chateau Canon, the vines from the Right Bank vineyard were absorbed into Chateau Canon.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Matras, with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Matras is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour.

This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Matras is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.

Chateau Matras is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

The final vintage for Chateau Matras was 2010. Most of what went into Chateau Matras is now placed in the second wine of Chateau Canon. Previously that wine was called Clos Canon. Starting with the 2012 vintage, the vines that were previously used to make the second wine of Chateau Canon, are now placed into the second wine of Chateau Canon called Croix Canon.

Clos Canon Wine Tasting Notes

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Earth, cherry and tobacco scents lead to a medium bodied, light, red fruit finish. This is fully mature and should be drunk up.

Earth, cherry and tobacco scents lead to a medium bodied, light, red fruit finish. This is fully mature and should be drunk up.

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