Thursday, June 13, 2019

Wine Review: Chateau Lamothe Castéra Cuvée "Margaux" Bordeaux 2016


Chateau Lamothe Castera, located in the village of Roquebrune in the Entre-Deux-Mers area region of Bestides, 50 miles from Bordeaux, has been producing wine since the 15th century. Nowadays, Claire and Renaud Jean run this 190 acres winery in the Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur AOP. The Vineyards, composed of 30 year old vines of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are sustainably farmed.

This is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, the vines are planted 300 feet above sea level, and  the wine spent 12 months aging in stainless steel tanks. Notice the quotes with "Margaux" because this is technically a Bordeaux AOP and not designated as a Margaux, although the juice is presumably from Margaux but for some reason it doesn't meet the requirements to carry the Margaux designation. Thus... it's only $17.

The color of the wine is blood red. The first thing I get on the nose is graphite followed by cherries, blackberries, eucalyptus, and wood. On the palate it's medium bodied with grainy tannin and a bit of an awkward acidity. Then it finishes tight and chalky and ultra heavy with graphite.

This Bordeaux would make a great introduction into Bordeaux for consumers that are always focused on California Cabernet. It's solid and enjoyable, but I do wish it had a dose more of expression and character on the palate.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $17
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

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