2015 Château Côte de Baleau St. Émilion Grand Cru Wine Tasting Note


2015 Château Côte de Baleau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Fully ready to go, though not yet mature, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, fresh and obviously forward. Silky textured, and fruity with a lean to the sweet, spicy, red fruit side of the style range, this is already offering a lot of pleasure and should get better with another year or two of cellaring. This is one of those great value Bordeaux wines that savvy shoppers should be all over.

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You can already see some lightening in the color. From there, floral notes are the first thing you notice, before moving on to the fresh, red cherries. Medium bodied, soft and easy to like, you can pop a cork as soon as this hits the stores. This will be at its best from the time it hits the shelves until its 10th birthday.

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Blending 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is medium bodied, soft, fresh and forward, with a sweet, berry-filled finish.

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Cote de Baleau1 Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Cote de Baleau, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Cote de Baleau is better with 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Chateau Cote de Baleau is best enjoyed in the first 3-10 years of life.

Younger vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Cote de Baleau with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Cote de Baleau is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Cote de Baleau is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

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

Chateau Cote de Baleau is an early drinking, elegant, charm filled, style of Saint Emilon wine that remains one of the better Bordeaux value wines in today's market place.