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Château Aney

Château Aney "Haut-Médoc" Bordeaux, France 2015

Château Aney "Haut-Médoc" Bordeaux, France 2015

Regular price $34.00 USD
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THE WINE: We found ourselves with an uncommon treat on our hands when this red wine arrived in Berkeley recently. First, it’s not often that we are able to import bottles that have aged beautifully over many years at the domaine where they were made. Second, this cuvée represents the only wine we import from the famed left bank of Bordeaux, between Saint-Julien and Margaux in the heart of the Médoc, where the moderate climate of the riverbank and gravelly soils are perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon—the leading grape in this blend.

The label says Château, and despite the stunning price, this bottling holds up to the noble moniker while also being honest, accessible, and terroir-driven Bordeaux. Seven years old, it is in a magical place today, showing a more velvety and relaxed side than it did when it was first released. Evoking notes of blackcurrant, black cherries, and tobacco, this Haut-Médoc will pair beautifully with lentil soup, rib eyes, or lamb stew. —Tom Wolf

THE PRODUCER: Château Aney was built in 1850 by the family that gave it its name, just five years before the wine classification system was initiated in Bordeaux. The domaine thrived and earned Cru Bourgeois status, but by the mid-twentieth century the land was no longer being farmed and the château had fallen into disrepair. In 1972 Jean Raimond and his son, Pierre, bought the property, rehabilitated the vineyards, and refurbished the winery and cellars. This marked a new era for Château Aney; which fittingly achieved Cru Bourgeois status for a second time in 1978. Today Pierre runs the estate along with his son, David, producing wines of class and elegance.  

While the Raimond family certainly deserves credit for lovingly bringing the property back to its full glory, there is also something inherently special about this place. Situated in Cussac Fort Médoc, this left-bank château lies strategically between St-Julien and Margaux, at the epicenter of the great wines of the region where the terroir imparts exceptional quality and provides ideal growing conditions. The warm summer sun is tempered by the cool breezes of the Garonne, and round, polished, gravelly, river stones cover the vineyard. Throughout the day the sun warms these stones, which gradually redistribute the heat to the vines, protecting them against springtime frosts and helping the grapes along towards full maturation in the autumn. The final blend of the wine matches the proportions in which they are planted throughout the thirty hectares of vineyards: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. This traditional Haut Médoc is more like what you might remember of the classic Bordeaux styles of the 1960s and 1970s. Not at all cloaked in new wood or over-extracted tannins, Château Aney’s wines have finesse and balance that make them both approachable now and perfect for longer aging.  They are a great choice for any cellar.

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